Finally, a medal for Nigeria in the ongoing Rio Olympics as Nigeria defeats Honduras 3 goals to 2 in the third place match.
The Flying Eagles fondly called ‘Dream Team VI’ gave Nigeria her first medal at the Rio Olympics in the men’s football event played in Mineirao.
The game saw Nigeria take Honduras on an initial 3 goal lead before the South Americans drew in 2 goals.
Umar Sadiq and Aminu Umar scored the first two goals for Nigeria.
An Aminu Umar strike in the 7th minute could have given Nigeria the lead, but came off the post.
Nigeria’s first clear chance came in the 25th minute when Imoh Ezekiel had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
Imoh unfortunately, failed to convert the chance by shooting just wide.
Nigeria Defeats Honduras, Win Bronze Medal
The Dream Team scored the first goal of the match in the 34th minute with a well-taken cross from a Mikel Obi for an easy finish by Umar Sadiq
Team Captain Mikel showed great skill and leadership in the game, dribbled two defenders before laying up the cross for Sadiq.
Aminu Umar extended Nigeria’s lead, four minutes after the half-time break with a rebound off a Mikel Obi shot.
Sadiq scored Nigeria’s third goal in the 56th minute, again receiving a pass from Mikel.
Through Sadiq’s goal, Mikel earned his third assist of the game.
Honduras were able to pull in two goals from Antony Lozano and Marcelo Pereira.
With this win, Nigeria has now entered the medals table at the ongoing Rio Olympics with a single Bronze medal.
This would be Nigeria’s worst outing at any Olympic Games in recent times after the London Olympics.
In the past, Nigeria won the silver medal in mens football event at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the gold medal in Atlanta 1996.
Samson Siasia led the team (Dream Team IV) that won the Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics.
He has again led another, Dream Team VI, to win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.