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Siasia insists no player is confirmed for Rio Olympics

05 January 2016, 15:09Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Dream Team coach Samson Siasia has insisted that no player has sealed a place in the squad that will represent Nigeria at the men’s football even of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Some players, including the over-aged, have expressed their readiness to play for Nigeria at the Olympics.

"Since we qualified for the football event of the Rio Olympics, a lot of players both at home and abroad have been calling me that they want to play for the country, so myself and my assistants intend to use the first week of camping to see these players who will bear the cost of their trip to the camp and accommodate themselves.

“Any of them selected will now be added to the players who made us proud in Senegal for a full camping. Mind you, no player is yet guaranteed a shirt in the team, as I have always said only the best legs will make it to Rio de Janeiro,” Siasia said.

Also read: Siasia denies intention to call up Mikel, Musa for Rio Olympics

Siasia, who also led the U-20 boys to the African title and runner-up position at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in The Netherlands in 2005, stated that he intends to utilize all the FIFA windows available to him and his technical crew in seeing players at close range.

"For now my plans are to utilize fully all the FIFA windows beginning with the one in March, with the hope of taking players selected to an accessible country in Europe where all the overseas -based players can come with ease, play one or two friendly games and then have them return to their respective club sides."

The former Super Eagles’ captain added that for now, he has not made up his mind on the issue of which over-aged player(s) to take to the Olympics.

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