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2016 Olympic Games: Nigeria's Dream Team reach Semi-finals of Men's football competition as President Buhari encourages the Lads

Nigeria reached the semi-finals of the Men's football competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil after seeing off Europeans Denmark 2-0 in a pretty comfortable fashion.

The dream team were without star man Oghenekaro Etebo and had to make do with Sadiq Umar leading the front-line and captain John Obi Mikel bossing the midfield for the men in green.

The captain led by example as he handed Nigeria a first half lead following an impressive counter attack and a simple tap-in. Imoh Ezekiel setting up the captain for Nigeria's first goal of the game.

Goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel made quite a number of acrobatic saves to deny Denmark the equalizer before John  Obi Mikel's corner found the head of Aminu Umar to seal the victory for the dream team.

Solid defending from Nigeria ensured the lead was maintained until the final whistle.

 

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Nigeria heads into the semi-finals against a tough opposition in Germany who ran out comfortable winners against Portugal. The match will be played on Wednesday 17th August 2016.

Nigeria's number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the lads for their remarkable performance against Denmark. President Buhari urged the team to remain focused and go for nothing less than the gold.

In a statement released, the President said;

"Again and again, the unconquerable Nigerian spirit has come to the fore, showing that where there is a will, there's always a way".

"This was a team that was not given much chance, but which has now advanced into the semi-finals. Go for it".

"Go for the gold, and let the Nigerian banner be held proudly aloft once again on the global stage. We are almost there. Let's go".

"And this, we shall demonstrate in every sphere of our national life".

The 73-year old also tasked Nigerians to continue to support and pray for the lads as they go in search of gold for the first time since 1996.

Congratulations to the Lads and all the best!

 

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