Nigerian Samson Siasia led Rio Olympic men’s football team has defeated Denmark 2-0 to qualify for the semi-final of the men’s soccer games. A medal is now within the team’s reach.
The Dream Team, assailed on every side by one crisis or another have remained undaunted. In one of the biggest stories leading to the opening ceremony, the Dream Team were stranded at their training camp at Atlanta after their charter flight was canceled for delayed charter payment. They eventually got to Brazil seven hours before their first match kicked-off, where they proceeded to score five goals and conceded four.
After coming top of their group, the Dream Team threatened to boycott the quarter-final due to non-payment of allowances. Coach Siasia himself is owed a five months’ salary by Nigeria football federation. The players however came to an agreement with the federation before the commencement of the quarter final match against Denmark.
And in the quarterfinal, Nigeria were well on top from start to finish with Captain John Obi Mikel getting a personal vital goal to put the team ahead in the 15th minute, turning in a cross from Imoh Ezekiel, who spent the entire game terrorizing the Danish defense on the counter-attack. Denmark later took over to dictate the pace for much of the duration with nice bursts of attacking actions that kept defender Ekong and goal keeper Daniel Emmanuel making vital saves after saves to deny the opposition a comeback into the game.
Aminu Umar sealed the win for Nigeria in the 59th minute, heading in a corner by Mikel. Nigeria will now face Germany in the semifinals.