Kelechi Iheanacho’s participation in the football event of the 2016 Olympic Game is in doubt as Manchester City are yet to respond to letters from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Iheanacho is one of Samson Siasia’s main players for the event but the coach has revealed that City have snubbed his attempts to get permission for the forward.


According to Siasia, the NFF has sent several letters to Manchester City which have not been responded to.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has written several letters to them (Manchester City) wanting to know when the player would be released for the Games in Brazil, but as I speak with you the club has not replied," Siasia told the Manchester Evening News.

“So for now I cannot confidently tell you that Iheanacho would be available for the Olympics, although we are not relenting on the issue as the NFF is fighting tooth and nail to ensure we have our best players for the Olympics."

Siasia further revealed that the 19-year-old is keen to be part of Nigeria’s football team to the Olympics.

“Kelechi told me he is anxious to play in the Olympics and I am sure with much pressure the boy would be released eventually,” the coach said.