Former U17 and U20 striker Taiwo Awoniyi was conspicuously missing as Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia named his final list of players for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games.
The Liverpool striker was only included on the standby list as he failed to make the final 18-man squad list that was submitted last week.
As earlier reported by fcnaija.com, Chelsea midfielder and Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel makes the cut, as one of only two over-aged players, with the other being Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, who is expected to be the number on goalkeeper.
Also missing as reported by fcnaija.com is Kenneth Omeruo, who was omitted, as his availability couldn’t be guaranteed for the Games.
Surprisingly left out of the list is new Greuther Furth of Germany signing Erhun Obanor. The defender has been a part of the team from the onset and was captain at some point and his omission comes as another huge surprise. The team open their Olympic Games campaign against Japan on August 4.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi, Emmanuel Daniel
Defenders: Sincere Seth, William Troost-Ekong, Saturday Erimuya, Kingsley Madu, Shehu Abdullahi, Ndifreke Udo Effiong, Stanley Amuzie
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Okechukwu Azubuike, Usman Mohammed, Saliu Popoola
Strikers: Junior Ajayi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Aminu Umar, Sadiq Umar, Imoh Ezekiel
Stand-by: Stanley Dimgba, Godwin Saviour, Yusuf Bala, Awoniyi Taiwo