Siasia confirms Chelsea star Mikel Obi for Rio Olympics

Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi will feature at the Rio Olympics after initial fears he will not, according to Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia.

Siasia himself had raised fears over the availability of the Chelsea midfielder as one of the over-aged players for the Olympics in August.

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But he has now confirmed Mikel will feature in Rio in August.

“Mikel has confirmed his availability,” Siasia disclosed.

“We have some other players who have promised to join us and they have shown commitment like Wilfred Ndidi, who has assured us that he will join us in America.

“Other players who will be available are goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and Kenneth Omeruo. These are the players who are confirmed for now.”

This should be some cheering news for Siasia, who will be without several players not released by their foreign clubs.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City and Alex Iwobi from Arsenal have opted out of the tournament after their clubs blocked them as it is not on the FIFA calendar.



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