Nigeria U-23 football team continues with their last Group B fixture against Colombia at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The match holds tonight at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo at 11pm (Nigerian time).
While the match is mere formality for the Nigerians who have already secured top spot in Group B courtesy of victories over Japan and Sweden in their opening two games, the game is a must-win for the Colombia side if they want to advance to the next round and avoid an early exit in the tournament.
This not withstanding, the South Americans should not expect any favours from their opponents, with captain and Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi adamant Nigeria will not lose focus as they attempt to win their nation’s second gold medal.
Oghenekaro Etebo, who scored four times in Nigeria’s opening day 5-4 victory over Japan last Thursday said he is not concerned with individual praise but aims for gold as team.
“I’m not going for personal glory but team glory, which to me means [winning] gold,” he told Fifa’s official website.
Adding that: “Without the gold, it’s going to be painful because achieving that is important for me, for Nigerians and for my team-mates.”
Coach Samson Siasia will likely rest some key men to keep them fresh for a potential knockout round tie against hosts Brazil.
Currently Nigeria is leading the group with 6 points having won their first two matches against Japan and Sweden.
Los Cafeteros sit in second place with two points, but know that only a win will suffice if they are to fend off the threat of Japan and Sweden, both of whom have one point apiece.
Carlos Restrepo’s side are unbeaten in their last ten games, and armed with the firepower provided by their captain Teofilo Gutierrez, are more than capable of testing Nigeria’s unsure defence.
The Nigeria vs Colombia will be played 9 p.m (ie 11p Nigeria time) and can be watched online live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra and NBCOlympics.com.
With the team’s performance so far at the Olympics, do think they will be able to beat the Colombia team tonight? Leave your predictions in the comment bar below…