Alex Iwobi has been named in Nigeria’s provisional squad for the Rio Olympics. The Nigerian Football Federation have listed the Arsenal winger in a 35 man panel, which will be whittled down before the games begin.
We can’t find the information as to the final squad numbers, but for the London Olympics in 2012, each nation used an 18 man squad.
Nigeria are in a group with Colombia, Japan and Sweden, and Iwobi will go if selected with Arsene Wenger not inclined to get in his way.
“We have to respect his choice,” he said after the talented 19 year old declared for Nigeria rather than England.
“We have to respect the possibility that he will go to the Olympic Games, that he will also go to the Africa Cup of Nations and travel a bit more than he would have done here.”
So, we’ll wait and see if he’s selected for the final squad, and start worrying about it then.
The football tournament at the Olympics starts on August 4th with the gold medal game taking place on August 20th.
The new Premier League season kicks off on August 13th.