Sadiq Umar’s 40th minute goal ensured Nigeria advanced to the Quarter Finals stage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Men’s Football Tournament as the Dream Team defeated Sweden 1-0 in the early hours of Today.
The 19-year-old AS Roma youngster was in the right place to plant a header to an inch perfect cross from the defender and send the Europeans crest fallen into the break.
It was a nervy match for both teams with several flash points when both teams played end to end stuff, but in all it was the team now famed for their quick recovery before they faced Japan in their opening match with only 5 hours before kick off.
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Nigeria are past winners and runner-up of the Olympic Gold in Men’s. In 1996 where Bonfrere led the team to Gold they played against several big name footballing teams. And in 2008, Beijing presented the present Coach, Samson Siasia with a place in the final but he team finished second.
Now that the Dream Team have confirmed their place in the quarter final, the Coach can be hopeful to take the team a step further than a silver place finish this time around.
The Team’s final group game comes up August 10th at the Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo.