Expectations are high and moods tense as Nigeria’s Dream Team battle Germany in the Semi-finals of the Rio Olympics later today.
The Dream Team VI advanced to the semi-final courtesy of a 2-0 win over Denmark in Salvador.
Yobo shared his well-wishes for the team via his Twitter handle @jyobo234 saying:
“Best wishes to Coach Siasia’s boys as they take on Germany tomorrow.
Go for Gold #NGR! #Rio2016 #DreamTeamVI.”
If Nigeria succeeds to defeat Germany in today’s semi-final match, they will face the winner of the match between Honduras and hosts Brazil.
They will also be sure of coming home with a medal if they fail to win gold in the final scheduled for August 20 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.
Dream Team Battle Germany In Crucial Semi-finals
Meanwhile, the Samson Siasia-led Dream Team has issued a stern warning to Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.
The Minister was reportedly warned by the U-23 football team not to come near their camp.
They insisted specifically, that Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, and his delegation not come anywhere near their dressing room before and during the match to avoid unnecessary distractions.
The Minister had earlier apologized over the shameful handling of the team during their training tour of Atlanta, USA.
Similarly, Nigeria’s top scorer, Oghenekaro Etebo has been ruled out to feature against Germany in today’s semi-final match.
Etebo has scored four goals at the Rio Olympics men’s football competition making him Nigeria’s highest goal scorer.
Spokesman of the team, Timi Ebikagboro also disclosed that the Dream Team will be wearing their white jerseys instead of green in today’s game.
“Dream Team proposes to use white jerseys in Wednesday’s semi-final against Germany.
“So for now. that’s the colour come Wednesday.
“Going by the rules, if Mikel picks a yellow card tomorrow, he will be available for the finals.
“All cards gotten in the q-finals have been cancelled.
“So it’s only Azubuike that will be missing the s-final like he did last year in Senegal.
“God bless the Dream Team.”