Nigerian sports minister raises alarm over Rio Olympics squad

Nigerian minister of sports Solomon Dalung has questioned coach Samson Siasia’s 35 man Rio Olympics squad.
Solomon Dalung during a meeting with NFF executives
The minister is not impressed by Siasia’s move to leave out many of the players who qualified for the tournament by winning the U-23 African Cup of Nations in December 2015.
According to, more than half of the team who qualified the team to the games were left out by coach Samson Siasia.

“The list of the players for Rio is very different from the one who qualified the country for the games,” said sports minister Solomon Dalung.
“It seems our local coaches cannot grow above parochial sentiments.”
Only 10 players from the squad who won the U23 AFCON in Senegal in December are on the provisional 35-man for the Olympics with the possibility some of them will also not make the final 18-man squad to Brazil.

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