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Mikel named in Nigeria’s Rio squad

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been named in Nigeria’s squad for the football event at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Mikel, who is currently in preseason with his club in Austria, will be joined by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi on the trip to Rio.

Coach Samson Siasia had forwarded a list of 22 players to FIFA as Nigeria’s representatives. Only 18 players are in the squad proper, while four are placed as alternate players.

Nigeria will face Japan, Sweden and Colombia at the group phase of the Games.

Full squad and DOB:

1 Daniel AKPEYI Goalkeeper. 8 March 1986

2 Muenfuh SINCERE Defender. 28 April 1998

3 Kingsley MADU Defender. 12 December 1995

4 Abdullahi SHEHU Defender. 12 March 1993

5 Saturday ERIMUYA Defender. 10 January 1998

6 William EKONG Defender. 1 September 1993

7 Aminu UMAR Forward. 6 March 1995

8 Oghenekaro ETEBO Midfielder. 9 November 1995

9 Imoh EZEKIEL Forward. 24 October 1993

10 John Obi MIKEL Midfielder. 22 April 1987

11 Oluwafemi AJAYI Forward. 29 January 1996

12 Popoola SALIU Midfielder. 7 August 1994

13 Sadiq UMAR Forward. 2 February 1997

14 Okechukwu AZUBUIKE Midfielder. 19 April 1997

15 Ndifreke UDO Defender. 15 August 1998

16 Stanley AMUZIE Defender. 28 February 1996

17 Usman MUHAMMED Midfielder. 12 June 1980

18 Emmanuel DANIEL Goalkeeper. 17 December 1993

ALTERNATE PLAYERS

19 Sopuruchi DIMGBA Forward. 29 March 1993

20 Taiwo AWONIYI Forward. 12 August 1997

21 Saviour GODWIN Forward. 22 August 1996

22 Yusuf BALA Goalkeeper. 22 December 1996

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