Nigerians are bracing up to Wednesday evening's semi-final match with Germany in the on-going RIO 2016 football completion. Nigeria was not expected to come out of the group stage by pre-Olympics predictions after they were included in a tough Group B bracket with strong teams Colombia, Japan, and Sweden.
However, head coach Samson Siasia’s squad proved the odds wrong by earning the top spot of the group after pulling off a 5-4 win over Japan in the opening round then nipping Sweden, 1-0, in the second. The team then rested their key players after they qualified to the quarters as they were blanked by Colombia, 0-2, in the third round.
The Dream team faced European giants Denmark in the last eight and was able to pull off a stunning 2-0 victory at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador last Saturday. Chelsea attacking midfielder John Obi Mikel netted the opening goal for the reigning Africa U-23 Cup of Nations champions at the 15th minute of the match before teammate Aminu Umar doubled the lead one minute before the hour mark.
Meanwhile, Germany continued to display their readiness to capture the gold medal in this summer’s Games as they crushed tough team Portugal, 4-0, in their own quarter finals meeting at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília also last Saturday.
Nigeria starting line-up (4-2-3-1 formation) include: Daniel; Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Sincere, Amuzie; Okechukwu, Usman; Ezekiel, Obi Mikel, A. and Umar; S. Umar. Germany starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation) include: Horn; Toljan, Ginter, Sule, Klostermann; S. Bender, L. Bender; Brandt, Meyer and Gnabry; Selke
Nigeria will take on Germany at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo tomorrow Wednesday August 17. Kick-off is at 8pm (Nigerian Time)