The entertainment that Nigeria brings to the table is clearly missing at the ongoing football event of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Nigeria didn’t qualify for the competition after the failure of 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt.

If the 1996 Gold Medallists qualified for the current edition of the competition, below is the best way they could have lined up.

GK. Maduka Okoye

There is doubt that the Sparta Rotherdam custodian will have manned the post for the competition. He is in the form of his life.

RB. Sincere Seth

Seth will be sincere enough to carry out a good job.

CB. William Troost-Ekong

Having tasted action in 2016, William Troost-Ekong must have been an option for over age. He wouldn’t have rejected the offer.

CB. Olisa Ndah

Ndah was an everpresent member of the team during qualifiers. His stock should have risen if Nigeria qualified.

LB. Stephen Bitok

Currently based in Poland, no one will have contested with Bitok at left back.

DM. Azubuike Okechukwu

Zuby actually tried his best to ensure the team qualified for Tokyo. But it wasn’t enough.

CM. Joe Aribo

Aribo likes to pick pockets at the middle of the park. His combination with Zuby and Nwakali should have been good to see.

AM. Kelechi Nwakali

The event should have helped Nwakali stake a claim as future Super Eagles number 10.

RW. Samuel Chukwueze

Samu is on the radar of clubs in Europe, this type of tourney was really needed for his development.

LW. Ahmed Musa

Like John Obi Mikel did in 2016, current Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa must have fancied his chance in Tokyo.

ST. Victor Osimhen

This should have been the opportunity for Osimhen to show himself to a global audience. He will certainly relish it. Sorry man. Next time.


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