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Siasia praises Dream Team, shifts focus to Germany

Head Coach Samson Siasia has described the performance of the Nigeria Olympic football team in reaching the semifinals at Rio 2016 as a great feat, saying his boys defeated “a very good Danish team.”

Siasia said at the post match conference: “I just want to give thanks to God, and also these players who did a great job. (Against Denmark), we were actually worried about our defense, but they came out and played very, very well against a good Danish team. I think these guys have to be applauded coming out like that, and getting those two goals. It wasn’t an easy game but I am happy we are in the semifinals.”

On the possibility of the African champions playing hosts Brazil in the final match, Siasia said: “We saw what the Brazilians did to the Danish team (4-0); they are a very good side. They didn’t start well but the most important thing is how well you end. It’s not easy scoring four goals against this Danish team.

“However, I don’t want to worry about Brazil right now. I have the semifinal against Germany to think about and that is the only thing in my mind right now.  After crossing the Germany hurdle, we will think of our opponents for the gold medal match. We have gone through a lot on this journey and we cannot get to the gold medal match and then freeze.”

The Nigeria delegation flew back to São Paulo on Sunday.

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