Rio - Head Coach Samson Siasia has described the performance
of the Nigeria Olympic football team in reaching the semifinals at Rio 2016 as
a great feat, saying his boys defeated “a very good Danish team.”
Siasia said at the post match conference: "I just want
to give thanks to God, and also these players who did a great job. (Against
Denmark), we were actually worried about our defense, but they came out and
played very, very well against a good Danish team. I think these guys have to
be applauded coming out like that, and getting those two goals. It wasn't an
easy game but I am happy we are in the semifinals."
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On the possibility of the African champions playing hosts
Brazil in the final match, Siasia said: "We saw what the Brazilians did to
the Danish team (4-0); they are a very good side. They didn't start well but
the most important thing is how well you end. It's not easy scoring four goals
against this Danish team.
“However, I don't want to worry about Brazil right now. I
have the semifinal against Germany to think about and that is the only thing in
my mind right now. After crossing the
Germany hurdle, we will think of our opponents for the gold medal match. We
have gone through a lot on this journey and we cannot get to the gold medal
match and then freeze.”
The Nigeria delegation flew back to São Paulo on Sunday.
News24 reported that Nigeria defeated Denmark 2-0 to set up
a semifinal clash with Germany.For
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