Siasia’s Olympic team struggle to narrow win in America


The Nigeria Olympic team narrowly defeated a very young Charleston Battery 1-0 in a friendly in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday as they continue to struggle for form ahead of the Rio Olympic Games.

The Nigerian side have been in the American city for over the last two weeks, as they prepare for this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil but have struggled for form in the tune-up games they have played so far.

The game against the Charleston Battery side was initially scheduled to hold on Saturday, but was moved to Sunday following a heavy downpour which made the pitch unplayable.

Olhanese of Portugal defender Stanley Amuzie was the match-winner for the Nigerians as his 33rd minute goal separated both sides but it was a less than impressive outing by the Nigerian U23s, who played a team that paraded majorly school boys.

Although the Samson Siasia-tutored side had more possession and created more chances, they however failed to make any of those count and the Batteries had a goal disallowed in stoppage time of the first half.

The Nigerian team will next play Honduras on July 27 which will be their final test game before leaving for Brazil ahead of the Olympic Games opener against Japan on August 4.