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EXCLUSIVE: DREAM TEAM VI STARTING LINE UP AGAINST JAPAN

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Barring any last minute change, Owngoalnigeria.com has obtained the list of players who will start for Nigeria Under-23s in a few hours time when they take on Japan, in their first game of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The team will play a 4-3-3 formation, with Daniel Akpeyi preferred in goal ahead of Emmanuel Daniel, while the full backs will be Shehu Abdullahi and Stanley Amuzie.

In central defende the duo of Saturday Erimuya and William Troost Ekong will pair while the three man midfield will be anchored by captain Mikel Obi, Azubuike Okechukwu and Usman Mohammed .

In attack the trio of Imoh Ezekiel, Ogenekaro Etebo and Junior Ajayi, will lead Nigeria quest to win her opening game after the flight hitches that delayed their arrival in Manaus, venue of the game.

1.Daniel Akpeyi
4.Shehu Abdullahi
5.Saturday Erimuya
6.William Troost Ekong
8. Ogenekaro Etebo
9. Imoh Ezekiel
10.Mikel Obi,
11. Junior Ajayi
14. Okechukwu Azubuike
16. Stanley Amuzie
17. Stanley Dimgba