Rio Olympic: Nigerians Hail Dogged Under-23 Eagles as They Beat Japan 5-4

Rio Olympic: Nigerians Hail Dogged Under-23 Eagles as They Beat Japan 5-4

Rio Olympic: Nigerians Hail Dogged Under-23 Eagles as They Beat Japan 5-4

Rio Olympic: Nigerians Hail Dogged Under-23 Eagles as They Beat Japan 5-4

It has been a great jubilation for Nigerian sports enthusiasts, following a superlative performance of the Under-23 Olympic team against their Japan counterparts.

In the various interviews conducted by our correspondent on the outcome of the match, played 2 am this morning at the Manaus Stadium Brazil, Nigerians expressed their pleasure that the team was able to win despite arriving the venue few hours to its first game.

Within 14 minutes, the teams had recorded four goals, two apiece but it took the resilience of the Dream Team VI to edge out the Japanese after 90 minutes.

The Eagles sensational striker, Oghenekaro Etebo scored four goals while Umar Sadiq sealed the three points for Nigeria with a winning goal to put Japan at the bottom of the table.

Earlier, Colombia and Sweden had played 1-1 draw, creating a very good advantage for Nigeria to top the table for the Group B.

On Sunday, Nigeria will be playing Sweden while Colombia take on Japan. The group is open and in their comments, most Nigerians who spoke to Elevatenews gave kudos to the team.

According to former Nigeria international, Mutiu Adepoju, the lads had brought the Nigerian spirit in them to beat Japan. He said, “The team that arrived just a few hours to Brazil from Atlanta US put all they could to edge out Japan. It’s a good performance by all standards.”

Another sport analyst, Murphy Jemba commends the efforts of the young players despite that the government had failed to encourage them.

He criticized the attitude of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalong, whom he said had not done enough to motivate the team.

The team, it would be recalled almost stranded in Atlanta where they had gone to prepare due to the attitude of the minister who refused to release funds.

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