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Mikel Obi said Team targets gold medal in RIO Olympic games

Mikel eyes gold medal at Rio Olympics
John Obi Mikel has said the team’s target is to win the gold medal of the men’s football event of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Mikel, who was speaking at the post-match press conference after Nigeria’s 2:0 win over Denmark in a quarter-final match on Saturday, said the team is focused on achieving its target.

We are all very excited reaching the semi-finals but the ultimate is the gold medal... we are still taking it one match at a time,” he said. “My objective here, as with each of the other players, is to win the gold medal.”

The team captain who scored Nigeria’s first against the Danes, said he was not surprised that the team has been able to come this far, given the quality of playing and coaching personnel. 

On his part, Head Coach of the team, Samson Siasia described the performance of the boys in reaching the semi-finals at Rio 2016 as a great feat, saying his team defeated “a very good Danish team.”

“I just want to give thanks to God, and also these players who did a great job. Yesterday (Friday), we were actually worried about our defence, but they came out and played very, very well against a good Danish team. I think these guys have to be applauded coming out like that, and getting those two goals. It wasn’t an easy game but I am happy we are in the semi-finals,” Siasia noted. 

On the possibility of the African champions playing hosts Brazil in the final match, Siasia said: “We saw what the Brazilians did to the Danish team (4-0); they are a very good side. They didn’t start well but the most important thing is how well you end. It’s not easy scoring four goals against this Danish team.

“However, I don’t want to worry about Brazil right now. I have the semi-final against Germany to think about and that is the only thing in my mind right now.
“After crossing the Germany hurdle, we will think of our opponents for the gold medal match. We have gone through a lot on this journey and we cannot get to the gold medal match and then freeze.”

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  1. Everybody always target d best, at least something will be given to them of they tried harder nxt time


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