RIO2016: Man City Might Not Release Iheanacho For Nigeria [READ]

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City kicks the ball during the International Champions Cup friendly match between Manchester City and AS Roma at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 21, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Kelechi Iheanacho’s participation at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been cast in a mist of doubt after it emerged he is expected to resume pre-season with Manchester City rather than join the Nigeria Olympic team.

Iheanacho had a successful season at the Etihad in the just concluded season with former manager Manuel Pellegrini having given him opportunities.

But with Pep Guardiola coming in as the new City manager, the youngster may need to prove himself all over again and it remains unclear if he will now be released to join the Nigerian squad.

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Iheanacho, 19, is in the Nigeria provisional squad for the Games, but his participation is now in doubt, as he will return to England to team up with City for pre-season.

“We’re really not sure if he will go to the Olympic Games or not because he is scheduled to return to England for pre-season,” a top source in the player’s circle told reporters.

“It will depend on the arrangement the NFF will have with Manchester City which I’m not sure of but I’m sure he will start the pre-season with City,” the source added further.

He was also not among the players who attended visa interviews at the American embassy in Abuja on Thursday.


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