…Don’t give up —Saraki
Nigeria international, Ogenyi Onazi has said he believes the country will clinch Olympics bronze today by beating Honduras in Belo Horizonte.
Dream Team VI failed to reach the final of the Rio Olympics football event after they lost 2-0 to Germany on Wednesday.
Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder Onazi told AfricanFootball.com the team deserve all the praise from Nigerians for their displays in Brazil following what they went through before and during the event and he will now back them to beat Honduras to the bronze medal.
“I have been wishing them well at the event right from day one, I always speak with coach Siasia and I really appreciate them for coming this far in the competition despite all what they went through, they have done well,” he said.
“I just wish them well for the third-place match and I believe they will fight for that and God will grant them victory to clinch the bronze.”
Meanwhile, The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Friday, urged the nation’s Dream Team VI not to give up after losing to Germany in the semi-final of the Rio Olympics as they file out today at 5pm against Honduras in a bronze medal match.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, also commended the quartet of Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Jennifer Madu and Agnes Osazuwa, for their qualification for the 4x100m final.
“Setbacks are part of life, but rising above setbacks makes the champion. I believe you will make the country proud by bringing home the bronze in this final episode of your soccer campaign at Rio.
“Be assured that any effort you expend in making this last encounter a successful venture will still be highly rewarding as it is will change the story about your performance and take the name of the country a notch higher and in the best of lights.
“Therefore, I want to urge you to spare no efforts at making sure that you seize this last opportunity to change the narrative of our participation in the football event for the better,” he stated.
Saraki further urged Okagbare and her colleagues in the relay team to do everything humanly possible to win gold for Nigeria.
“The gold is yours for grabs. Don’t forget that Nigerian athletes have always put forth spectacular performances in this particular track event. So, I urge you to go for gold in this final encounter,” Saraki stated.