Abuja - Dream Team VI midfielder, Usman Mohammed, said on
Wednesday in Abuja, that he has no grudges being barred from the Super Eagles
camp following his late arrival to the Under-23 team camp.
Mohammed alongside Stanley Dimgba and defender Segun
Oduduwa, were axed on Monday from the team by Coach Samson Siasia for lateness
They were also barred from entering the Super Eagles camp
having been invited from the Under-23 team in preparation for the 2017 Africa
Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Egypt.
The first leg of the qualifier is scheduled to take place in
Kaduna on March 25 with a return-leg on March 29 in Alexandria, Egypt.
But Mohammed told NAN after the team’s training on Wednesday
evening at the Abuja National Stadium that there was nothing to grudge since
both teams trained together under one coach.
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“I don’t feel any regret because the coach is the person in
charge of both teams and there is no difference between the two teams.
“Under-23 is where I started from and as you can see, we
trained together on the same pitch.
“I sincerely believe that he will return me to the Super
Eagles camp,’’ he said.
On the Under-23 international friendly with Brazil scheduled
for March 24 in Brazil, Mohammed said the players were roaring to go.
“The spirit in the Under-23 team is very high as you can
see; the players and the coaches are working together and this will surely give
Both teams last met in 1996 Atlanta Olympics with the
Nigerian team recording a 4-3 win to eliminate Brazil in the semi-finals,
before beating Argentina 3-2 in the final to claim the football gold.
Nigeria picked one of Africa’s slots for the 2016 Olympics
having emerged champions of the CAF U-23 African Cup of Nations in Senegal.
The Nigerian team will know its first round opponents for
the Rio Olympics on April 14, when the draws will be conducted at the Maracana Stadium
in Rio de Janeiro.
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