The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalong has congratulated the Dream Team for picking a ticket to play in the men’s football at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Dream Team yesterday secured their ticket to fly Nigeria’s flag at the summer Games, following a nail-biting 1-0 win against hosts Senegal at the Leopod Senghor Stadium in Dakar.
Reacting to the team’s qualification for the final of the African U-23 Championship, the former prison warden turned barrister, said the team showed courage and determination against the Senegalese, who before the game, were the favourites to qualify.
The Minister of Sports assured that team of all necessary support in their preparations for the Rio Games, adding that ‘the government will leave no stone unturned to ensure a successful outing for the team at the greatest sporting show-piece in the world.
Nigeria, it is recalled won the men’s soccer gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996 and won silver at the Beijing Games in 2008, with Samson Siasia, the current coach, being in charge of the team to tAsia.