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SPORT: Godfrey Oboabona Nigerian defender to miss Rio 2016 Olympics

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Super Eagles defender, Godfrey Oboabona will not be playing for Nigeria in the 2016 Olympic Games following his club’s refusal to release him.

Oboabona was included by Samson Siasia in the 35-man provisional for the football event of the 2016 Olympic Games but it seems his club, Rizespor would not allow him to participate.

The defender has however told Pulse Sports that his club has refused to release him.

 Rizespor have confirmed that they will not release Godfrey Oboabona for the Olympics (Twitter/Rizespor )

“My club says they can’t release me for the Olympics; I’m really sad about it but that is what it is,” he told Pulse on phone.

He also confirmed that his club has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to inform them of the decision not to release the defender.

According to FIFA laws, clubs have first refusal on their players participating in the Olympics meaning they can’t be punished for not refusing them.

This is the second player that would not be participating in Rio 2016 due to club commitment.

 Kelechi Iheanacho will also not be part of Nigeria’s football team for the Olympic Games (Reuters)

Kelechi Iheanacho would remain at City so new coach Pep Guardiola will be able to assess him during pre-season.

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