Rio Olympics: Nigeria set to clash with hosts Brazil in q/final

Rio Olympics: Nigeria set to clash with hosts Brazil in q/final
Musa Mohammed in action for Olympic team in Brazil.

by Samm Audu

Monday Aug 08, 2016. 09:20

African champions Nigeria look set to battle hosts Brazil for a place in the last four of the Rio Olympics football event going by the current standings and form.

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If coach Samson Siasia’s team avoided defeat against Colombia they will win Group B and take on the runners-up in Group A, which has Denmark topping and Brazil second after their second goalless draw with Iraq.

They had earlier been held to another scoreless draw by South Africa in the opening game of the Olympics.

Despite parading the country’s superstar Neymar, the host country have struggled in front of their expectant fans as they aim to break their gold medal jinx at the Olympics.

Siasia and the boys will most certainly prefer the Samba Stars after they defeated them 1-0 in a friendly in March.

They would wish to stay clear of Denmark, who smashed past them 6-2 in an invitational tournament in South Korea in June.

On Wednesday, Nigeria complete their group games against Colombia in Sao Paulo, while Brazil slug it out with Denmark to determine the leadership of Group A.

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