Rio 2016: Samson Siasia Says Japan Defeat Remains A Miracle

Samson Siasia has described the first victory of the Nigeria U-23 national team at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics as a miracle.

In a report by Punch Newspapers, the coach attributed the 5-4 victory over Japan to sheer miracle saying the team’s performance defied science.

John Mikel Obi and Dream Team VI players
Dream Team played without the logo of the NFF on the Nike strip (

In his words, “I just can’t describe what happened today. My boys defied science to win this game; what gave us this game was the mental toughness of the boys. For a team not to train for two days and put up this type of performance is a miracle.

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Continuing, Siasia said, “When players are tired they tend to lose focus. That is why we conceded four goals. For now, all I can say is I just want to go and savour this victory with my players.”

Despite a late arrival to the games, Siasia’s team put up a spirited performance at their opening match to defeat the Japanese team and climb to top of Group B after Sweden and Colombia played out a 2-2 draw.

AS Roma’s star, Sadiq Umar grabbed the opening goal asOghenekaro Etebo registered his name on the goal sheet with four goals to drive home the 5-4 victory over Japan.

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