How Nigeria defeated Denmark to secure a Semi-Final spot
Nigeria has qualified for the semi-finals courtesy of goals form team captain Mikel Obi and Aminu Umar as they defeated Denmark 2-0 on Saturday.
Despite the absence of injured Oghenekaro Etebo, the Dream Team outshone their Danish opponents as they followed Samson Siasia’s tactics to the later and secured a win.
Mikel showed his full potential, as he put the team ahead in the 16th minute, scoring his first Olympic goal ever (We hope Antonio Conte was watching).
It was Aminu Umar that was the hero, as he secured the match winner in the second half, courtesy of a Mikel assist and eased up pressure from Denmark in the second half. Imoh Ezekiel was also outstanding for the Dream Team, on the left and right flanks, switching wings at intervals to confuse Denmark’s defense.
Nigeria now has the tough task of facing Germany, in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Who knows, history might just repeat itself if Nigeria and Brazil make it to the final :).
Russia’s lone athletics star banned by IAAF
Russia’s Draya Klishina, who had been initially cleared to compete in the long jump event of the Olympics, has been banned by the IAAF.
Russia escaped a blanket ban just before the Olympics after evidence of s doping scandal in their country came to light.
The Court of Abritration of Sports opted not to issue a blanket ban to the European country and decided to have their athletes go through rigorous screening by separate sports bodies.
Draya had been cleared by the long jump body to compete but the IAAF has now overturned the decision, siting “new evidence” as the reason for the decision.
The 25-year old Russian insisted: “I am a clean athlete”, and said she would appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Rio 2016: Okwelogu and Osazuwa struggle in track and field
Nigeria did not get off to a good start in the track and field event which kicked off on Friday.
Nneka Okwelogu has exited the track and field event after she failed to make successful throws in the shot put event, finishing with 16.67m. New Zealand’s Valerie Adams had the best throw of the day with 19.74m.
Uhunoma Osazuma also struggled in the hepthalon event, ending with 3609 points, which places her at a distant 24th position, many points behind England’s Jessica Ennis-Hill who finished with 4057.
Meanwhile, good news from boxing: Efe Ajagba kicked off his campaign with a bang. He knocked Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul and is now through to the quarter final of the Men’s Super Heavy 91 kg boxing event. Go Efe!
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan