‘Nigeria’ll Play In London Olympics’


Pontevedra of  Spain goalkeeper, Oladele Muniru Ajiboye, has declared that nothing will stop Nigeria from playing at the football event of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ajiboye was part of Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles, that qualified for the next round of African qualifier for the Olympic Games, They mauled Equatorial Guinea 9-1 on aggregate in the two legged games played in Benin, Edo State, Nigeria and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

Ajiboye described the team, led by Coach Austin Eguavoen as a good squad capable of delivering the Olympic football ticket to the country.

“There is no doubt that the U-23 Eagles will qualify for the London Olympics,” he said.

Ajiboye began his career with Prime F.C. of Osogbo, Osun State in September, 2008 before he joined Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.

“I want to say that with the ouster of Ghana and Cameroon, who are also good footballing nations in the continent, from the qualifier, I don’t see anything stopping Nigeria from playing in the Olympics next year.

“With the quality of play of the team in the two matches played in the first leg of the qualifying series, beating the Guineans silly by  nine goals to one, I believe we are the favourites to pick the ticket ahead of other countries.

“Let me commend the team and our technical crew for doing a good job. Our  victory to the next round of the qualifiers is well deserved,” he said.

Before joining the U23 Eagles, Ajiboye represented his homeland at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea Republic, where the Nigerian team under the late Coach, Yemi Tella won the tournament.

On 15 December 2008, he was called to the Nigeria’s U-20 national team for the 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda. He was also a member of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

—Taiwo  Adelu

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