Rio Olympics Football: Nigeria 5 – 4 Japan….

John Mikel Obi and Dream Team VI players

Nigeria U-23 men’s football team (known as Dream Team VI) who arrived in Brazil just six hours before their opening match against Japan kicked off, won 5-4 in Manaus courtesy of four goals from Oghenekaro Etebo. The match started by 2am Friday morning (Nigerian Time). Sadiq Umar scored Nigeria’s first goal after only five minutes. The Japanese equalised via a penalty three minutes later as Shinzo Koroki put the ball behind the net for his country. Dream Team VI took the lead again through Etebo from a long ball from Abdullahi Shehu. Japan leveled as Takumi Minamino slipped the ball under goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel.  Etebo was again on the scorers sheet, with a rebound after a Mikel Obi shot was pushed out by Kushibiki, the Japanese goalkeeper. Two consecutive goals by the Asian champions could not save the day, as Nigeria go atop the table with three points. Sweden and Colombia had played 2-2.

John Mikel Obi

Nigeria’s remaining group fixtures are as follows:

Sunday 7th August:

Sweden vs Nigeria 11pm

Wednesday 10th August:

Colombia vs Nigeria 11pm

*Time = Nigerian.


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