Stella Dimoko Nigeria Wins Rio Opener VS. Japan After Wild Day


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Friday, August 05, 2016

Nigeria Wins Rio Opener VS. Japan After Wild Day

Nigeria’s men’s soccer team made an extraordinary start to its Olympic campaign, beating Japan 5-4 in Manaus on Thursday just hours after landing in Brazil following a nerve-wracking travel mix-up.

The Super Eagles, as the team is known, were stranded in Atlanta for days amid a bizarre saga that saw flights cancelled because of missed payments and because a plane was too small, before eventually taking off on the morning of the game.

The Nigerian squad eventually landed in Manaus at 2:19 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, with the game against Japan beginning at 9 p.m.
However, despite what would seem to be the worst kind of preparation, Nigeria produced an inspired display to sink Japan. The contest was evenly matched in the opening stages, with honors remaining even following a frantic opening burst that produced four goals in 10 minutes.

Sadiq Umar put Nigeria ahead just five minutes in, before Shinzo Koroki equalized moments later from the penalty spot. Oghenakaro Etobo put the African side back in front, only for Takumi Minamino to again make things all square.

But when Etebo put Nigeria back in front after 41 minutes the tone was set. Etebo completed his hat trick after 50 minutes, calmly slotting home his fourth to make it 5-2 on 65 minutes.

There was still time for some late drama though, as Nigerian legs, not surprisingly, faded late. Takuma Asano pulled one back with 20 minutes to go, and Musashi Suzukinarrowed the gap to one deep into injury time.

However, Nigeria’s night of glory was completed seconds later when the referee blew for full-time, finishing off a remarkable, and exhausting day for a team whose plight captured international attention and sympathy.
Usatoday reportage.

*Congrats Nigeria!


  1. Replies
    1. Wooooow...I'm so so happy for them...I was afraid they will miss d match cos of plenty wahala theybeen encountered on their way.. Etebo is a star,he has been shining since d African youth championship.. go boys keep excelling..

    2. That is the word Asemota. Those boys tried. I hope our government can take better care of our athletes.

  2. Eye...
    See me smiling from ear to ear
    Congrats boys
    I be lieve in you
    I believe in Naija
    Tongue out to the nay sayers

  3. Bravo to them.
    I only hope that history is about to repeat itself as regards the delayed flight and subsequent sail to victory...

  4. This kind of news gives me hope in my country men.
    Congrats to Super Eagles.
    God bless Nigeria.

  5. Congrats guys, Black is Original

  6. space booked...

    congratulations to the boys while APC keeps padding the budget

  7. I have missed early morning Nigerian matches!

    It felt good to wake up and watch this as a family. The tradition continues.
    Congrats to the boys.

    1. Haaa..I didn't even know d time of d match..I thought it will be later today.. Pls when is our next match ooh?

    2. Haaa..I didn't even know d time of d match..I thought it will be later today.. Pls when is our next match ooh?

  8. Congrats oo,
    I pray we win the cup.

  9. Yey, up super eagles, up united state of NIGERIA.

  10. If una no win gold, buhari dun swear sey to bring una back go worse pass as una take go.


  11. Kk..i take back my words. Up Najia!!! These boys might actually end up in surprising us.

    Congra * in Linda's voice.

    1. Nigerians have always tried hard in the face of adversity. Still things have to change with better planning and implementation for future glory. Buhari and NFA can do better.

  12. I'm so happy with this news. Despite the stressful trip and the whole drama...they played with vigour and came out tops. Great start....I pray for a great finish as well.

  13. Obi's jewel5 August 2016 at 09:58

    Yaaaaayyyyyy super duper happy!

  14. Good job! Nice! Rooting for you guys all the way! May the God of soccer favor najia footballers, Amen. Green White Green!!!!!!!!

  15. Congrats guys. More victory for us.

  16. I love Nigerians...inspite of how the govt treats us,we always make it. Abeg make una shine bright for una selves please. Hopefully, new clubs & better contracts will come calling after this.


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