Daniel Amokachi has charged the current Nigeria’s U23 team to the Rio Olympics to go out and prove their worth ahead of their curtain raiser against Japan.
Nigeria open their Olympic campaign in Rio against the Asians on 4 August, exactly 20 years and one day after the original Dream Team struck gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
20 years on, Amokachi who grins when his mind is cast back to the tournament in Atlanta had this to say when analyzing Samson Siasia’s team chances.
“Every generation has their moment. The current team have a coach who is with them and they did well in qualification.
“They have to go there and be themselves, enjoy every second of the experience game by game, and we’ll see what happens.” Amokachi told FIFA.com
The current U-23 side, lead by manager Samson Siasia, booked their spot at Rio by storming to victory in the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, where striker Oghenekaro Etebo finished as the competition’s top scorer, while midfielder Okechukwu Azubuike won best player of the tournament.
Nigeria was equally awash with incredibly exciting talent, including Nwankwo Kanu, Jay-Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Daniel Amokachi to name but a few.
Amokachi who netted 13 times in 44 appearances for his country remains one of the most celebrated members of that side following his equalizer in the final against Argentina before Emmanuel Amunike grabbed the dramatic 90th-minute winner.