Bala Ka’Oje, a former Minister of Sports has said that the country’s poor preparations to the Rio Olympics contributed majorly to the team’s semi-finals 0-2 loss Germany.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two goals scored in each half of the match were all the Germans needed to ensure the Dream Team did not play in the Rio Olympics football final.
Ka’Oje told NAN that the over reliance of the sports administrators especially the football administrators on luck failed the Dream Team VI at the ongoing Olympics.
According to Ka’Oje, rather than prepare adequately for competitions, sports administrators prefer to prepare teams few weeks to major tournaments.
Ka’Oje blamed the present administrators for the Dream Team’s semi-finals loss, noting that efforts should be geared towards ensuring that the team grab the bronze medal in the third place match.
“I feel so disappointed watching our match against Germany on Wednesday; Siasia’s game plan especially his substitutions in that game were wrong.
“The team lacked coordination at some point and some of the changes made were unnecessary.
“Inadequate preparation is the major factor why the team lost but I didn’t like the way the boys played; if they had adequate preparation, it would have been a different ball game.
“What this means is that we must prepare for competitions at the right time, when others are preparing; you hopes on luck only when you have prepared late for a competition,’’ Ka’Oje said.
He however, said that all hope was not lost as the team was capable of defeating Honduras in the third place match to claim bronze.
The former minister said: “the boys have also tried to get to this level considering their poor preparation before the Olympics.
“So far, we have not gotten any medal in Rio and we are relying so much on them to give us a medal’’.
The defeat of the Dream Team VI means Germany would now play Brazil on Saturday for the gold and silver medal, while Nigeria battle Honduras for the bronze.
Brazil had earlier defeated Honduras 6-0 in the first semi-final match of the day.