Nigeria wins first Rio Olympics medal

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Dream Team VI wins first Rio Olympics medal for Nigeria
Nigeria wins first Rio Olympics bronze medal

Team Nigeria has registered its presence on the Rio Olympics medals table following the Dream Team VI 3-2 defeat of Honduras in Saturday’s bronze medal match of the Games football event.

A brace from Sadiq Umar in the 34th and 60th minutes and another goal from Aminu Umar in the 54th minute were all the Dream Team needed to overcome Honduras.

Honduras made efforts to equalise the encounter after going down 3-0 within 60 minutes of the match but could not stop Nigeria from winning its consolatory medal at the Games.

Two defensive blunders from the Nigerian defenders, however, enabled the opponents to reduce the score line but thanks to goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel who denied them every chance of getting an equaliser.

The win ensured Nigeria won all the medals in the Olympics football event, having won gold in 1996, Silver at the Sydney 2000 edition and now, a Rio bronze.

The win also ensured that Samson Siasia won Olympic silver and bronze having also led the Dream Team to the Beijing 2008 silver.

Team Nigeria had earlier on Saturday finished last in the 4×100 relay after Blessing Okagbare led the likes of Gloria Asumu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa, finished the game on a disastrous outing in 43.21seconds.

The Rio Olympics which began on Aug. 5, will end on Sunday, Aug. 21.

United States of America is currently leading on the medals table with 39 gold, 36 silver and 33 bronze, while Great Britain is placed second with 26 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze.

China is third with 23 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze as at Saturday night.


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