Nigeria Olympic team skipper Mikel
Thursday Aug 11, 2016. 07:14
Nigeria have avoided hosts Brazil, but will come up against Denmark, who spanked them 6-2 in a recent friendly, for a place in the last four of Rio 2016 Olympics at the weekend.
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Home team Brazil finally turned on the style to trounce Denmark 4-0 in a final group game to finish top of Group A with five points.
They will now face fellow South Americans Colombia, who stunned Nigeria 2-0 in a final Group B match in Sao Paulo.
Nigeria won the group on six points to now take on Denmark Saturday night in Salvador.
Confidence will now be in short supply in coach Samson Siasia’s team after the way and manner they lost to Colombia and this will most certainly not be helped by the fact that in June they fell badly to the Danes 6-2 at the Suwon international Tournament in South Korea.
The argument though will be that the team to Korea were largely experimental and only a handful of them made it to Brazil.
Also, the stakes are a lot higher at Rio Olympics because victory at the weekend will catapult them into the medal zone of the summer games, where they will battle the winners of the quarterfinal between Portugal and Germany.
It would also be recalled that another rampant Danish side had dismissed the Super Eagles 4-1 on a most forgettable day at the 1998 World Cup in France.
In other quarterfinals, Portugal battle Germany in Brasilia and Korea Republic take on surprise team Honduras in Belo Horizonte.