Nigeria Names 14 Rugby Players For Olympics Qualifiers

rugbyNigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has named a 14-man squad for November’s Rio Olympics qualifiers in South Africa.

The Federation listed Nigeria’s Rugby golden boy, Christian Ogar, Nuhu Samaila, Alfred Oche, Onoru Oyiza Jatto, Samuel Ekpo, Hafis Ayinla, as well as captain Azeez Ladipo.

Three players were invited from the United Kingdom (UK), two from the United States of America (USA) and one from South Africa, most of whom were discovered at the President Cup.

Among the foreign-based players called up are Omotohunola Odulaja, Ayomide Joseph, Danjuma Mshelia and Thankgod Okafor.

The Olympics qualifying tournament is scheduled to hold between November 14 and 15 in Johannesburg.

Nigeria is playing alongside Zimbabwe, Uganda and Zambia in Pool B.

Nigerian Rugby Team In Group B For 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

rugbyNational Rugby team, the Black Stallions of Nigeria, have been drawn in Pool B alongside Zimbabwe, Uganda and Zambia for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be staged in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 14 to 15.

Despite Zimbabwe being already tipped as Group B favorites, Coach of the Black Stallions, Fabian Juries, said that the team is well prepared for the challenge where only the winner in the group qualifies for Rio Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Kenya, who is a strong force in Africa rugby, will tackle Madagascar, Senegal and Mauritius.

In Group C, Tunisia and Morrocco have been grouped together with Namibia and Bostwana.