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Siasia: Olympic Team Can Excel Without Overseas-Based Players

Siasia: Olympic Team Can Excel Without Overseas-Based Players

By James Agberebi: Nigeria U-23s head coach Samson Siasia has stated that the non-availability of invited overseas-based players for the Rio Olympic Games will not hinder the team's preparations.

The U-23 Eagles are already in Atlanta, USA, intensifying preparations ahead of the games with the likes of  Mikel Obi, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo and Moses Simon yet to report to camp.

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According to the media officer of the team Timi Ebikagboro on his Twitter handle, Siasia said the team will proceed with their preparations and will not allow the non-arrival of the overseas-based players to dampen the spirit in camp.

"We are going ahead with or without the foreign pros, no player can hold us hostage," Ebikagboro quoted Siasia as saying.

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Nigeria are in Group B alongside Japan, Sweden and Colombia, and will kick off their campaign with the Asian side.

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