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Dream Team VI Rio 2016 Match Preview: Nigeria Vs Colombia

While Nigeria are already through to the quarter-finals, Colombia need a win to progress in Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Carlos Alberto and Samson Siasia play Timi Ebikagboro (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)

Nigeria’s U-23 team will on Wednesday, August 10 take on Colombia in their final Group B game of the football event of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Dream Team VI have overcame several odds to be leading the group with maximum six points which have guaranteed them a place in the quarter-finals.

John Obi Mikel, Carlos Alberto and Samson Siasia play John Obi Mikel nd Samson Siasia with the coach and captain of the Colombia Olympic football side (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)


With the quarter-finals already guaranteed, coach Samson Siasia is set to ring the changes ahead of the clash with Colombia in Sao Paulo.

 “I had to take this decision because we have qualified for the quarter finals as group leaders, and secondly I need to rest some of the starters because in the next phase there is a possibility of going into extra time,” Siasia told thenff.com.

Samson Siasia play Samson Siasia inspecting the venue of the game, Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)

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For now the boys have done well and I need to make the other players justify why I selected them for this tournament. This is not a tea party so everyone must stand up to be counted, and the only way they can be counted is if they play well against Colombia. Resting some starters does not mean we are underrating the opposition.”

John Obi Mikel and Timi Ebikagboro play John Obi Mikel and Media Officer of the Dream Team, Timi Ebikagboro (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)


According to several reports, four goal hero in their first game, Oghenekaro Etebo, Sadiq Umar who already have two goals in the Olympics, William Troost-Ekong and captain John Mikel Obi are the players that will be rested against Colombia.

Colombia, meanwhile, need a win to qualify for the quarter-finals regardless of what happens in the other game between Japan and Sweden.

The Los Cafeteros have two points from their 2-2 draws against Sweden and Japan.

Teofilo Gutierrez who already has two goals in the Games will be the man to watch in the Colombian side.

Match Details

Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 11pm (Nigerian time)
Venue: Corinthians Arena, Sao Paulo

Where to watch

Readers in Nigeria can watch the game live on Supersport 3N

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