Argentina referee Nestor Pitana has been appointed by FIFA to officiate the Rio Olympics men’s football semifinal clash between Nigeria and Germany in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.
Nigeria reached the stage after they beat Denmark in the quarter-final 2-0 while Germany hammered Portugal 4-0 to set up a mouth-watering clash.
The Dream Team VI achieved the feat without their talisman Oghenekaro Etebo and the Samson Siasia led side will hope the former Warri Wolves forward return to full fitness.
However, the other semifinal tie between Brazil and Honduras at the famous Maracana stadium will be officiated by Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan – he will be assisted by Octavian Sovre and Sebastian Gheorghe while Saudi Arabian Fahad Al Mirdasi serves as the fourth.
Nigeria have won the Olympics men’s football even in the past when they triumphed at Atlanta 96’ and will hope to make it a second gold medal in Rio after winning silver in Beijing 2008.