Nigeria’s U23 football team popularly
referred to as the Dream team is expected to resume camping later this month
the spokesman of the team has confirmed. The Samson Siasia led side has been on
break since they defeated Zambia
in an All Africa Games qualifier to advance to the football event of the games
Olympic Games qualifiers which will hold in July where Nigeria will meet the winners of the second
round qualifiers between Ghana
Timi Ebikagbaro, confirmed that the team will converge again on May 25 in Abuja to begin
preparations for the third round tie.
that players that would be selected for the up coming qualifiers would be those
that can add vitality to the team’s fortunes.
will be dropped for those who can add value to the team.
(Samson Siasia) intends to have a look at some overseas-based professional
players to observe those who can bolster the squad,” he concluded
on a crest of optimism after a back to the walls victory over Zambia in the
AAG qualifiers. (Winning away 1-2 in the second leg in Lusaka
after a goalless draw in Kaduna)
route they took when they qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they
also had to beat Ghana.
event of the 2012 London Olympics after a team lead by Austin Eguavoen could
not advance beyond the group stages of the U23 Championship held in Morocco
after their various European clubs refused to release them for the tournament,
a situation that weakened the side. The likes of Lukman Haruna, Ahmed Musa,
Anthony Ujah, Odion Ighalo and other players were refused permission by their
respective clubs as the tournament did not fall within FIFA’s calendar.
opponent in July, they will book a place for the CAF-U23 Championship that
would hold in Senegal
from 5-19 December, 2015.
participating nations will qualify for the Rio Olympics in Brazil come
football event of the Olympic Games after winning a gold medal at the 1996
Atlanta Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.