Team Nigeria Captain to the Olympics Mikel Obi has revealed that the hunger in the Dream Team VI has been the driving force behind this success thus far at the 2016 Rio games.
The Samson Siasia led side cruised past Denmark 2-0 in the quarter-final to set-up a semifinals clash with Germany who breezed past Portugal 4-0 but the former Lyn Oslo star is confident about Nigeria’s chances to winning her second Olympic men’s football gold.
Speaking with FIFA.com, Mikel said: “Sheer determination, effort, togetherness and unity in the team.
“It’s been absolutely amazing. Also the team is built to play offensive football and to express ourselves and make sure we create chances and score goals.
“I think it’s hunger and willingness to help each other on the pitch, to run for each other. We know exactly what to do when we play. I think that’s very important and that’s exactly what’s got us here.”
On today’s opponents, he said: “The Germans are a very good side, so we have to make sure we do our job. With this team, we don’t concentrate much on what the other teams do.
“We concentrate more on what we can give and offer on that day. The game before is gone. It’s about what we can produce at that time and in those 90 minutes or however long we’re going to play for.
“We always try to concentrate on that, and I think we’ve done that so far, so I don’t think we’re going to change.”
When asked when it will mean to win the tournament, the Chelsea midfielder added: “It’s going to mean a lot. It’s going to mean the world to me.
“It’s going to be the icing on the cake. As much as anyone, I want to win. This is what it means to me no matter what I’ve won. I think winning with this team is going to be amazing. I’m hoping and praying for that.”
The game between Nigeria and Germany comes up by 8pm this evening.