Nigeria’s player Sadiq heads the ball to score his
team’s first goal during the football match between
Sweden and Nigeria for the Olympic Games Rio
2016 in Arena Amazonia, Manaus, Brazil, August
7th, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / RAPHAEL ALVES
The Nigeria U-23 football team on Monday
qualified for the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games
football event after a 1-0 victory over Sweden.
Determined to dictate the pace of the match, the
Dream Team VI went on an early rampage with
Umar Sadiq and Mikel Obi forcing saves from
Sweden’s goalkeeper, Linde Andreas, in the 9th
and 10th minutes respectively.
Oghenekaro Etebo, who banged four goals past
Japan’s goalkeeper in their first game of the
competition, was denied time after time by
Sadiq finally broke the deadlock at the 39th minute
when he nodded home a looping cross from
Both sides had chances throughout the game but
could not find the back of the net.
Nigeria top the Group B table with six points ahead
of Colombia; who have a game in hand and a
point, Sweden are third with one point, while Japan
are bottom of the log with no point and a game in