The Nigeria U23 team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will soon converge for training in preparations for the qualifiers for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.
Already a list of home based abd foreign based players has been compiled by the technical crew of the team despite the fact that head coach of the team Salisu Abubakar is still under a ban.
Coach Imama Amapakabo will tinker the squad until Salisu returns from the ban he is serving over a cash for player scandal while discharging his duty as head coach of the Nigeria B team at the WAFU Championship in Ghana.
The list of players Owngoalnigeria.com reliably gathered was compiled with the aid of coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr and the technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) .
In the list of foreign players made available to our editorial team, 20 year old Ivory Coast born Nigerian striker Olabiran Blessing Muyiwa popularly known as Benito who plays for second division Russian side Tambov is under consideration.
Left footed Benito operates as a forward for league leaders Tambov where he has played 14 games and also scored two goals this season and his all round play has been brilliant with his team closing in on promotion to the top flight.
Others include Bologna duo of Kingsley Michael and Orji Okonkwo as well as Hilary Gong of Trencin alongside his teammate Abdul Zubairu with on loan Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi also listed among the foreign players.