Mikel John Obi's dream of inspiring a generation in Nigeria to win Gold, is edging closer as the Super Eagles prepare for an Olympic quarter-final against Denmark at the 2016 Games, that is set to roll on Live in a matter hours.
The Chelsea midfielder - Mikel and his international team-mates breezed into the knockout stages with two wins in their opening two games against Japan and Sweden, before losing their final Group B game to Colombia.
On the other hand, Nigeria's opponents Denmark were beaten 4-0 by hosts Brazil in their last group game and are outsiders for a medal finish, but showed a tighter defence with clean sheets and four points against South Africa and Iraq.
On Thursday (11/08/2016), Nigerians woke up to some uncomfortable news when Nigerian players, together with the coaching crew, threatened to boycott the quarter final match, over issues of unpaid allowances. The goodnews however is that, as at Saturday morning (13/08/2016), members of the U-23 team have received their camp allowances for the entire 22 days thus far spent in Rio. Each player has now received $3,300 with coach Samson Siasia got $6,600
In other news, injured striker Junior Ajayi has been cleared to feature in Saturday’s Olympics quarter final clash against Denmark. The four-goal hero in the team opening game against Japan, Oghenekaro Etebo has been ruled out of the last eight clash slated for Arena Corinthians in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
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