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Siasia picks Akpeyi as first choice for Olympics

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Chippa United of South Africa keeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has been listed by Nigeria U-23 coach, Samson Siasia as first choice goalkeeper ahead of Emmanuel Daniel for Nigeria squad to the Rio Olympics.

The former Warri Wolves was initially not in contention for a place in the squad, as Siasia had listed only outfield players as possible over-aged for the Games, but appears to have had a change of heart.

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Akpeyi is expected to resume for pre-season on July 6 with his club and while he will not be with the ‘Dream Team’ all through a training camp in US later this month, he is however expected to join them in time for the Games in Brazil.

The goalkeeper has previously worked with Siasia and was a member of the silver-winning FIFA U20 World Cup class of 2005 and was also part of Nigeria’s Olympic squad in 2008 also coached by Siasia.

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