Source: Xinhua

08-08-2008 07:48

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Soccer fans in Nigeria hailed the country's male Olympic soccer team in what they call good start, following the team goalless outing against Holland in the Beijing Olympic Games on Thursday.

Friday Elahor and Adokie Amesiemaka, former Nigeria's left wingers Thursday hailed Nigeria's Under-23 side goalless outing against Holland in the Beijing Olympics.

The ex-international football players described the performance of the Dream Team IV against the highly rated Dutch side as a good beginning.

Elahor said the team chances of advancing in their group were bright considering their quality of play.

Amesiemaka, on his part, said there was no weak link in the national team's side and was optimistic that the team would do well at the Games.

According to him, the boys were deliberately cautious in the game, adding that the players must have used wrong boot studs as they recorded too many studs.

Also, Kashimawo Laloko, Former Technical Director in the Nigeria football Association, said the result was a good beginning for the team.

Fatai Amoo, Assistant coach to the senior national team, said the match was a balanced game.

He said the Nigerians had an edge and lauded the coach for his tactical reading of the match, describing his substitutions as timely, which changed the attack of the Dream Team.


Editor:Yang Lina