Oghenekaro Etebo                                                               Image:

Twenty-year-old Oghenekaro Etebo scored four of Nigeria’s five goals against Japan in their opening match against the Asian side at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.

The midfielder who plays as a striker for Portuguese side CD Feirense, was the toast of the moment as he showed the Japanese side that Nigeria was full of fire power, their stressful journey to the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, Brazil, notwithstanding.

Nigeria’s 5-4 win places the team at the top of the Group B table after taking three points off Japan. Their next match will be against Sweden on Sunday night, also at the Amazonia Arena.

In spite of travel odds stacked against them, the Super Eagles ensured that the hope the entire country placed in them did not wither.

The dream team would almost not have made it to the Amazonia Arena on time for the game after a mix up with an airline left them stranded in Atlanta, USA.

Delta Airlines, however, rescued the situation and a charter plane was arranged for the team, resulting in the players arriving at the venue less than five hours to kick-off.

If the possibility of the players being jet-lagged during the game wasn’t enough discouragement, there were reports that the wrong national anthem was played for the Dream Team VI as the match was about to begin.


Nigerian social media is however ecstatic over the team’s performance despite all the many odds stacked up against them on their journey to the match.



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