|The Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel: the epitome of Dream Team VI dominance.|
With the quality of players like John Obi Mikel, Azubuike Okechukwu, Oghenekaro Etebo to name a few there is high tendency for the Dream Team VI to continue to hold sway in midfield as the ball keeping and retention of the players are really unquestionable as seen from previous games. Mikel the man with an architectural role in midfield can continue to string passes around connecting the team from one point to another is a true prove that Nigeria is the better team as they progress ahead with Olympics with all authority.
|Sweden U23 0-1 Nigeria U23: Sadiq Umar heads Eagles into knock out stage.|
The skillful forward modeled like Kanu have lived up to the billing as his touches and passes have been a course of worry for the opposing team. The ease with which he holds off his marker with decent link up play defines the kind of player he is as the young lad is brimming with so much talent and may have already made a massive impression for the Dream Team VI as it was his goal that booked a place for the team in the knockout stages.
On a personal note his carrier has been boosted as scout will keep an eye on him very much for his services in the near future. Umar Sadiq is a pure talent of a true Nigerian game.
|Skillful forward Imoh Ezekiel was one of the culprit as the U-23 side showed signs of Complacency against Sweden|
Though the team showed attacking intent but there were some degree of complacency exhibited by the U-23 players especially when in transition as was seen when the Dream Team VI unnecessary slowed down a counter attacking move for a kind of tiki-taka patient build up where the space is there for them to run in exploit in the heart of Swedish defence.
There were complacency in front of goal as well as Etebo blasted painful wide at goal with the ball rolling away from goal with contempt when the Dream Team VI are just one goal up thus keeping Sweden alive in the game until the final whistle. That sort of complacency is very dangerous and awful and most be avoided in Rio, if the team will not kiss a good bye to their trophy Dreams at the Olympic games in next game.
|Shehu Abdullahi and William Troost-Ekong were really impressive on defensive duty against Sweden.|
Defensive stability was key in ensuring a 1-0 win as the Swedish side threatened from set pieces and dangerous cut back into the box which Nigeria have to thank the fair-skinned center back William Troost-Ekong for clearing out the danger leaving no stone upturned against the European Champions. The defense was once again called into action as Sincere Seth blocked a Swedish strike from goal prompting media officer of the Super Eagles to ask on twitter “what is the significance of Sincere Seth last minute clearance of the line on the game against Sweden” as the U-23 held on the secure a famous in at the Olympic Game.
Nigeria seals a knockout place irrespective of the result of matches played among Nigeria’s opponents (Sweden 2-2 with Colombia and Japan 2-2 Colombia) as they lead the standing comfortably with six points with the second teams having 2 points in their first two games) which means that if the Dream Team loses against Colombia there will be not much difference as the Nigeria U-23 qualifies for knockout stages with top spot in the group which is an icing on the cake courtesy of Umar Sadiq header who put up a brilliant show to nod home the winner. Expect Nigeria to come into that game with much confidence as the pressure mounts on Sweden, Colombia and Japan with a bid to join Nigeria in second place as the Dream Team VI have already chosen the best position which is first place.