Rabiu leads Olympic team as Lukman misses out


PSV Eindhoven Midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim is among six foreign based players that have hit the National Olympic team camp ahead of this weekend second leg qualifier against Equitorial Guinea in Malabo.

Also in camp are goal keeper Dele Ajiboye, Ibok Edet, Micheal Essang,Arinze Ikenna and Uchechi Daniel.

All six players made the final twenty man list that would fly out to Malabo on Friday.

Chief coach of the team Austine Eguavoen explained that Netherland based Uchebo Okechukwu would not be available for the game against Equitorial Guinea but would make the trip for the All Africa games qualifier against Liberia.

“Uchebo would have been here for the Malabo game but he could not get a connecting flight, so we have decided to leave him out for the game against Equatorial Guinea but he will be available for the game in Monrovia.

“For the team Captain, Haruna Lukman he was eager to come for the game but his club needed him for this weekend’s game against Lille in the French League,” Eguavoen added.

The Former Super Eagles coach however expressed confidence in the crop of players he is taking to Malabo insisting that they would deliver.

“We are going with a five nil win from the first leg and I believe we will get nothing less than victory in Malabo but the worst case scenario will be a draw.”

The national U-23 team, Dream Team will fly out to Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea on Friday, ahead of Sunday’s return leg of their 2012 Olympic Games qualifying fixture against the Guineans.

The team is expected to travel through Cotonou, Benin Republic and arrive in Malabo in the early evening.
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