Nigeria’s Dream Team VI have their work clearly cut out at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil after Colombia named the duo of Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao as well as Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina are two notable names in their provisional squad.
Hostilities will commence on August 4 with Nigeria handled by Samson Samson taking on Japan in their Group B opener at the Amazônia Arena Manaus.
The Colombians are also drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria and Sweden in the men’s football event and the South Americans have gone to town to get their best legs for the Rio showdown.
Aside Ospina, and Falcao, former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega and Chinese Super League-based attacking midfielder Giovanni Moreno have all also been entered for the Games barring any last minute hitch.
A Colombia-based radio station also revealed that national U-23 coach, Carlos ‘Pisces’ Restrepo, is lining up two friendlies ahead of the Olympics.
“We thought about having some micro-sessions with the national players; a first training cycle in Colombia for six days, another in late May, then in June and in July,” the coach said.
“And also we want to play two international games. We are in talks to face Argentina in Miami. We are not ruling out that one game could be in Colombia.
“Hopefully we can meet the expectations we have. This team is very difficult to put together because the regulations don’t help in regards to releasing players. We want to put all our effort into it.”
Sweden are also thinking big for Olympics after reports suggest that they could bring their best player ever, Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Olympics.
Nigeria will battle Colombia at the Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo on August 10.