Nigeria names 20 for Brazil friendly

Nigeria’s Olympic team has dropped defender Chima Akas and named 11 overseas-based pros for a friendly against Rio Olympics hosts Brazil on Thursday.

The two teams, who fought out a memorable semi-final battle at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, USA 20 years ago will face off at the Kleber Andrade Stadium in Vitoria.

Nine players from the domestic league and 11 from overseas made the final 20-man squad.

Midfielder Usman Mohammed and forward Bright Onyedikachi were knocked out by visa issues as both players submitted their passports late, while left back Chima Akas was dropped because he travelled with his club Enyimba for a CAF Champions League tie in Burundi.

Goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel and defender Sincere Seth were also recalled from the Super Eagles to beef up the team, which also has Ubong Ekpai, Stanley Dimgba and Segun Oduduwa.

The team is expected to depart for Brazil on Sunday through South Africa.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Emmanuel Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed

Defenders: Sincere Seth, Segun Oduduwa, Chizoba Amaefule, Ndifreke Effiong, Musa Mohammed, Godswill Ekpolo

Midfielders: Stanley Dimgba, Ubong Ekpai, Agboyi Ovbokha, Nathan Oduwa, Iyayi Believe, Sodiq Popoola.

Forwards: Victor Osimhen, Junior Ajayi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Imoh Ezekiel, Theophilous Solomon, Saturday Kaego.


Aisha JM