Ibrahimovic Snubs Sweden’s Olympic Team, Won’t Face Nigeria
Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has rejected overtures made by the Olympic team coach Hakan Ericson to include him in the squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Completsportsnigeria.com reports.
Sweden are in the same group as Nigeria. Japan and Colombia are the other teams in the group.
According to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, the 34-year-old forward who will lead Sweden to the European Championship in France in June is not fascinated about the prospect of featuring at the Games.
“I have other things that interest me,” Ibrahimovic replied Swedish daily Aftonbladet when asked about his availability for the Olympic Games.
Ibrahimovic,whose contract expires at the French capital club in the summer, recently secured his 29th career trophy with Paris St. Germain winning the French Coupe de La Ligue on Saturday.
He scored 11 goals in 10 Euro 2016 qualifying games for the Swedes.
Eriksson’s side will begin their campaign against Colombia on the 4th of August in Manaus before battling Nigeria on August 7 in the same city. Their final match will be against Japan in Salvador on August 10th.
Sweden have won two Olympic football bronze medals : at the 1924 and 1952 games, and gold at the 1948 Games.