Nigeria: Dream Team Picks
The Samson Siasia led dream team iv, yesterday held Ghanaian Meteors to a goalless draw in the crucial make or mar Olympics qualifier. The match which took place at the Ohene Djan stadium in Accra was given much publicity and seriousness as each country vowed to win the encounter.
Nigeria played the match to avenge their ouster from participating in the All African Games in Algiers while Ghana played to consolidate on their earlier win against Nigeria on their way to Algiers.
Nigeria player, Isaac Promise, had, in a pre-match interview said that Nigeria was all out to win the match since the memory of the Abuja disgrace was still staring them at the face. Dream team coach, Samson Siasia had expressed optimism that his boys, despite the absence of some players will pull through, not minding the fact that his boys did not get all the motivation required for such a crucial match. On the other hand, Ghanaian players were promised 4000 US dollar should they defeat Nigeria.
With this, Ghana is out of Nigeria's way as Nigeria faces South Africa who will be playing guest to Nigeria.In the games group, tagged the 'real' death group, Burkina Faso and Equatorial Guinea all vied for the Beijing 2008 ticket but lost to superior forces.
With this draw Nigeria has a great chance of grabbing the ticket should the U-23 team defeat South Africa in her last group match.
From the continent of Africa, three countries are expected to make it to the Olympics games next year in Beijing China.