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Nigeria clinch 'golden' bronze at Rio Olympics

by Samm Audu

Sat August 20, 20:05

Nigeria football team won the country’s only medal at the Rio Olympics when they defeated hard-fighting Honduras 3-2 to clinch the bronze medal.

This was a little consolation for the disappointment suffered by the country after all their medal hopes in athletics, boxing and wrestling were dashed.

Four years ago at London 2012, Nigeria returned home without a single medal.

Sadiq Umar scored a brace with Aminu Umar also getting on the scoreboard before the Central Americans fought back to take the game to 3-2.

Nigeria took the game to the Central Americans from the first whistle and threatened their opponents with early chances falling to Umar Aminu, Usman Mohammed Imoh Ezekiel.

Roma striker Sadiq Umar finally opened scoring after 34 minutes when he tapped home a cross by skipper Mikel Obi.

And four minutes after the interval, Turkey-based Umar Aminu doubled the African champions lead when he tucked away a rebound from a Mikel shot from outside the box.

In the 56th minute, Sadiq Umar scored his fourth goal of the competition when he picked his spot from inside the box to fire past Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez ‘Buba’.

However, Honduras fought back to pull a goal back through substitute Anthony Lozano in the 71st minute, before Marcelo Periera made it 3-2 four minutes from time.

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