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Rio Olympic Games: Nigeria's U-23 Team Target Victory Against Sweden


/ by Augustine Akhilomen
Nigeria’s U-23 team will be hoping to book their qualification ticket to the knockout stages of the Rio Olympic Games as the team face European champions, Sweden in their second group B match at the Arena AmazĂ´nia on Sunday night at 11pm Nigerian time.

The team defeated Japan 5-4 in their opening match on Friday despite their jet lag which never had any psychological effect on them. Goals from Sadiq Umar and Oghenekaro Etebo, who scored four goals to leap to the top of the scorers chart, ensured the team pocketed the maximum points to move top of group B ahead of Sweden and Colombia’s one point.

With the team already settling down to life in Brazil, Nigeria’s U-23 team coach, Samson Siasia knows that surmounting their next opponent will further boost the morale and confidence of his players after conceding four goals against Japan.

The Atlanta 96 champions must solidify their defence against a Swedish side that has tall and pacy players in their disposal, which could cause the team some scare. Besides, Nigeria’s ability to hold on to possession and put together accurate passes to the duo strike force of Umar and Etebo are bound to create some goals for the team.

Meanwhile, Siasia told that the team would remain focused for their next match against Sweden on Sunday.

“We just won a game; we can't and won't allow this victory to go to our heads. Our target here is to win the gold and this is just the first step of us achieving that aim.

“No two games are the same; for me this hurdle is over but when I will have to think of my next game against Sweden on Sunday,” said Siasia.

The Dream Team final group B match at the Rio Olympic Games Men’s football will be against Colombia on Wednesday.
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