ACCRA, AfricaTunde Ogunbiyi (Gwynedd, Pa.), a freshman (redshirt) goalkeeper on the University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team, has been invited to attend a camp with the U-23 Nigerian Olympic team for next month’s 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifying match against Ghana’s Black Meteors.

Ogunbiyi is one of 21 foreign-based players that returned to Africa on Nov. 6 to join the team for training. Nineteen Nigerian-based players made the list and have been training since October. The Olympic qualifier will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 at the EI-WAK Stadium in Accra, Africa.

Head coach Samson Siasia stated “The Ghanaians are serious about the game against us. They are saying they will do everything possible to beat us so that they can go to the Olympics. [Therefore], we need all our big players who are within the age grade to be in Ghana.”

Ogunbiyi joined the U-23’s in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, on August 10 to begin training camp at the national stadium. The Nigerian team played South Aftrica, Ethiopia and Ghana. The Nigerian team finished at the  top of its group to make the qualifying round.

During the spring of 2007 Ogunbiyi made his UNH debut, letting up just one goal in six games of the Wildcats’ spring season.
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