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Rio Olympics: Siasia says Japan defeat still a miracle

Rio Olympics: Siasia says Japan defeat still 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.

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.

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 as Oghenekaro Etebo registered his name on the goal sheet with four goals to drive home the 5-4 victory over Japan.


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