Coach Samson Siasia has invited a total of 51 players (35 home-based and 16 foreign-based) to the U-23 National Team camp in preparation for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. The Africa U-23 Cup of Nations will serve as the qualifying competition for the 2016 Olympics Football Event and will be held in Senegal from November 28 to December 12.
Nigeria is drawn in Group B with Egypt, Mali and Algeria. The top two teams will advance to the knockout stage of the competition with the best three teams qualifying automatically for the Rio 2016 Olympic Football Event.
The invited players are Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Junior Ajayi (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia), Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt, Germany), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Moses Simon (KAA Gent Belgium), Wilfred Ndidi (Genk, Belgium), Isaac Success (Granada, Spain), Dele Alampasu (Estoril, Portugal), Shehu Abdullahi (Uniao Da Madeira, Portugal), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovenia), Viv Solomon Otabor (Birmingham, England), Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale FC, England), Stanley Amuzie (Olhanense, Portugal), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor, Turkey), Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjylland, Denmark), Godwin Elohor Ekpolo (FC Barcelona B team, Spain) and Nathan Oduwa (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland).
From the home league, they are Emmanuel Daniel (Rangers International, Enugu), Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars), Emmanuel Iwu (Heartland F. C), Segun Oduduwa (Nath Boys), Sincere Seth (Rhapsody), Erhun Obanor (Abia Warriors), Chima Akas (Sharks F. C), Daniel Etor (Enyimba F. C), Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves F. C), Godwin Aguda (Rangers F. C), Usman Mohammed (Taraba F. C), Ndifreke Effiong (Abia Warriors F. C), Chukwuebuka Iroha (Diamond F. C), Austine Oladapo (F C Ifeanyi Ubah), Christian Pyagbara (Sharks F. C), Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves F. C), Semiu Liadi (Warri Wolves F. C), Godspower Effiong (Kano Pillars F. C), Ifeanyi Mathew (El Kanemi F. C), Bright Onyeadikachi (F. C Ifeanyi Ubah), Prince Aggrey (Sunshine Stars F. C), Mustapha Abdullahi( Sport Light F. C), Muritala Adamu (Kano Pillars F. C), Zaradeen Bello (Kano Pillars F. C), Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars F. C), Seun Olulayo (Sunshine Stars F. C), Tiongoli Tonbara (Bayelsa United), Kufre Ebong (Warri Wolves F. C), Kingsley Eduwo (Sunshine Stars F. C), Stephens Eze (Sunshine Stars F. C), Anaezemba Nzube (Enyimba F. C), Charles Chukwudi (Plateau United), Daniel Enmanson (Akwa United), Ibrahim Alhassan (Heart F. C Kano), Adebayo Ajadi (36 Lions).
Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and so no effort should be spared in ensuring that the Olympic team qualifies this time.