The Nigeria Dream Team VI have in the early hours of Monday defeated their Swedish counterpart to qualify for the quarter-final of the men’s football event of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The team’s 1-0 victory over Sweden in Group B came as a result of Sadiq Umar header, which came at the at the 39th minute when he nodded home a looping cross from Stanley Amuzie.
Oghenekaro Etebo, who scored four goals last time out against Japan, attempted several shots in the half—with his right foot, left foot and with his head—but he was unable to get the better of Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Linde.
The defeat of the Swedes is coming two days after the Samson Siasia-tutored team beat their Japanese counterparts 5-4.
The Nigeria dream team VI will close out group play against Colombia in Sao Paulo on Wednesday, while Sweden have a must-win match ahead against Japan in Salvador if they are going to continue their Rio 2016 journey.
Meanwhile, Rio 2016 Olympics Local Organizing Committee has tendered an apology to Nigeria for the anthem blunder during the Super Eagles first game.
The Super Eagles when during their first match against Japan on Thursday and were shocked to have the wrong national anthem played for them.
The players looked utterly confused when the strange tune came up over the Amazon Arena’s public address system in Manaus. A few of the players tried to figuring out what exactly was going on.
The Organizing committee in a statement released said: “We understand hearing your national anthem during an Olympic Games is something nearly every athlete strives for. Therefore, we regret a wrong anthem was mistakenly played for Nigeria ahead of their match against Japan in the Amazon Arena. We sincerely apologize to the players and the Nigerian National Olympic Committee.”