By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Abia Warriors captain Austin Obaroakpo is sad that he will not be part of the Nigerian U-23 national team preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Samson Siasia released a list of 30 home-based players who are expected to resume camping on Monday and Obaroakpo, the captain of the home-based Super Eagles side to the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda, told Completesportsnigeria.com on Sunday how disappointed he was not to be invited.
“I’m not in the U-23 national camp even though I would have loved to because I’m still within the age range. There is no player that would not want to be part of the Olympics,” Oboroakpo told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Obaroakpo was not invited for Nigeria’s AFCON qualifiers against Egypt in March and the defender considers the football tournament of the Rio Olympics as the next target for Nigeria.
“It was disappointing not qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations so you can imagine how we (players) all want to be part of the Olympics which will be a good consolation should Nigeria win it like the 1996 set did,” Obaroakpo added.
Nigeria will play against Japan, Sweden and Colombia at the football tournament of the Rio Olympics.