(NAN) President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday night praised the indomitable spirit of the Nigerian soccer team to the ongoing Rio Olympics, which saw them flying over Denmark 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.
A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, said an elated President Buhari urged the Dream Team to go for gold in the football tournament.
“Again and again, the unconquerable Nigerian spirit has come to the fore, showing that where there is a will, there’s always a way.
This was a team that was not given much chance, but which has now advanced into the semi-finals.
“Go for it. Go for the gold, and let the Nigerian banner be held proudly aloft once again on the global stage. We are almost there. Let’s go.”
President Buhari enjoined the Nigerian nation to pray and support the Nigerian contingent to the Olympics, “especially the soccer team, so that the rest of the world will know that even in the face of economic adversity, the Nigerian spirit remains resolute and lifted high.
“And this, we shall demonstrate in every sphere of our national life.’’
The Dream Team VI defeated their opponents from Denmark, on Saturday evening by 2 – 0 at the end of the game.
Midfield maestro Mikel Obi, opened scoring for the team in the first half, while Aminu Umar sealed the victory in the second half, to hand the team a semi-final ticket against Germany.
NAN recalls that the Dream Team VI finished top of Group B with six points beaten Japan and Sweden 5-4 and 1-0 respectively.
The team however, lost 0-2 to an enterprising Colombian team which finished second in the group with five points.
The Samson Siasia tutored side cruised into the semi-finals at the expense of Denmark, in spite the financial crisis that hit the team before the encounter including the non-payment of camp allowances to the players and officials.