Siasia Eyes Iheanacho, Osimhen For Olympics


National U-23 coach, Samson Siasia has expressed his desire to include Manchester City ‘golden boy’, Kelechi Iheanacho and Golden Eaglets talisman, Victor Osimhen, in his Rio 2016 Olympics team. Siasia has said that the Nigerian Football Federation would need to step-in to avoid their Super Eagles duties from affecting his plans.

“I want to get him, but the last time I invited Iheanacho, Oliseh invited him also so it looked like we were not doing the right thing, so we need to streamline things.

“If the Super Eagles are inviting him, they should invite him so that we don’t send an invitation and suddenly they get another one from the Super Eagles which suggests that something is wrong somewhere.

“I will reach out to the team secretary to find out if they want Iheanacho for the next game, but if they don’t need him, I want him.” he said.


Siasia also said he hopes Osimhen would be part of the team as he has drawn attention with his impressive performance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

“Victor Osimhen is always a part of us. He is a young man that is doing very well, I was impressed with him and that was why I started him in our last qualifying game in Senegal, you have to look at the practice session and see how the players are doing to determine who plays at any time.”

Siasia expressed shock at the dip in form of former Golden Eaglets forward, Taiwo Awoniyi. He said he would have study him in the coming months to know if he would qualify to feature for the team.

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