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A crucial Nigerian Olympic qualifier is now a worry for fans, as players pick up knocks in Austin Eguavoen’s squad

Nigeria’s preparation for this weekend’s 2012 Olympic qualifier has been hampered by a series of injuries to important players in the squad.

Nigeria will go into the game with a 1-0 deficit against the Vijana Stars without players like Nnamdi Oduamadi of Milan, Ahmed Musa of Venlo and Rabiu Ibrahim of PSV. Harmony Ikande of Extremadura and Odion Ighalo of Granada are also seen as major doubts for the must win game.

In-form striker Ekigho Ehiosun of Warri Wolves is back in the squad after missing out as a result of senior team duties two weeks ago. Sone Aluko of Aberdeen and Ganiyu Oseni of Vietnamese side Nguyen Hoang Kien Giang are also in camp.

Nigeria have a history of Olympic success with a gold medal from Atlanta 1996 and a silver from Beijing 2008. It is a fact that will place a great deal of burden on the shoulders of coach Austin Eguavoen as the team goes into the encounter.

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