Contrasting Olympic fortunes for African sidesTINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THERE has been some mixed set of results for the African representatives at the Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016.
Oghenekaro Etebo was the star of the night at the Arena Amazonia, scoring four goals as Nigeria defeated Japan 5-4 in a thrilling encounter in Group B.
Sadiq Umar opened the scoring for the West Africans in the seventh minute before Etebo netted in the 11th, 42nd, 51st and 66th minute.
Shinzo Koroki, Takumi Minamino, Takuma Asano and Musashi Suzuki scored for the Asians.
Nigeria now look ahead to their second match of the tournament against Sweden on Sunday.
In Group A, at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, a gallant South Africa held hosts Brazil to a goalless draw.
The visitors were dealt a heavy blow as they had to play with a man short from the 58th minute after midfielder Mothobi Mvala got his marching orders – this was after he received his second yellow card in a space of few minutes.
The combination of goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, Erick Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Abbubaker Mobara and Deolin Mekoa stood firm at the back as the team held on to a valuable point.
South Africa’s focus has shifted to Denmark who they play on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Algeria will on Sunday hope to recover from a slim defeat to Honduras in their opening Group D match.
They face two-time gold medal winners Argentina back at the Estadio Olimpico Engenhao Joao Havelange where they lost 2-3 on Thursday.
Romell Quioto and Marcelo Pereira had Los Catrachos in command before half-time. Sofiane Bendebka gave the African side hope, before Antony Lozano’s third, which decided the game due to Baghdad Bounedjah’s late goal setting up a nervy finish for Jorge Luis Pinto.
– CAJ News
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