Nigeria’s hopes of repeating the heroics of 1996 were finally dashed yesterday when the Dream team lost 2-0 to Germany in the semifinals of the Rio 2016 football tournament.
1. Nigeria had an exceptional tournament;
These guys should be applauded on how they comported themselves all through the tournament. From their strenuous trip to Brazil to winning the first match after such trip. With determination and hardwork, they won a couple of other matches.
2. Samson Siasia Must Be Commended;
Despite lack of support, he took the team to the African tournament and won to qualify for the Olympics. Faced with several issues in Brazil, Siasia, was never distracted, forming a formidable squad for the tournament.
3. Nigeria missed Etebo;
He was Nigeria’s best player at the African tournament,but afterwards suffered an injury that stopped him from making an appearance at tournaments again. His presence at Rio, would have added an extra impetus to the team due to his all-round abilities in football.
4. Taking Mikel was a smart move;
We all know Mikel was a beast in this tournament. He became an all-round midfielder in the team, Mikel showed his capacity as a true player/team mate, as he was a leader both on and off the pitch.
5. Nigeria’s Defence Has Been Faulty For Ten Years Now;
The last time we had exceptional right backs were Chidi Odiah and George Abbey in the early 2000’s, since then, it’s been a struggle with constant chopping and changing in every game. At the Rio 2016, the defence was bad but again our defence has always been that way.