Abuja - Dream Team coach Samson Siasia says report of Zlatan
Ibrahimovic representing Sweden at the football event of the 2016 Olympics in
Rio, is nothing to worry about.
The U-23 gaffer said the technical crew and the players are
not scared of any individual player, but would rather bother about the quality
of opposition at the Olympics’ football event.
“Yes, I have read of plans by Sweden to include someone like
Zlatan Ibramovich as one of their over –aged players for the Games. Good for
them, but as far as we are concerned, there is nothing like fear. For us, we
are trying to put up a team, and that will determine which players we are going
to bring. We have played against players of stronger calibre than Zlatan. We
have played against Lionel Messi and Di Maria and others.
“We would rather think of the fact that they have a strong
team that will play against us, and not individual players. I don't want to
jump around and start mentioning names, and later if those players are not
available, we would be disappointed. So, I have to be sure of what I am doing
and when that time comes we will release the names."
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On the issue of players like John Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi
showing interest in playing for Nigeria at the Olympics, Siasia remarked:
"I guess that because Mikel missed out the last time, he wants to make up
for it. Not only that, the last couple of games he has played for the Super
Eagles, he has been playing very well, and if he wants to be part of the team,
of course he is welcome, but as I said we have to look at the positions we really,
really need people.
“We are not going to select players because they play for
the Super Eagles or because they are still under the age bracket. They have to
compete with those players who actually qualified the team for the Olympics.”
Coach Siasia confirmed that he has sent a provisional list
of 60 players for the Games. According to him, “if your name is not on that
list, then no Olympics for you. That's why we put as many names as we can, we
don't know the Europe -based players whose clubs would release for the Games.”
The U-23 coach said he smiled and stood near Brazil coach,
Dunga after the draws at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro: “I told myself
this is the man I would be playing against in the Final Match!”For
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