Things we learnt from the Nigeria vs Japan match – The Dream Team VI began their quest for gold as they managed to overcome ‘stubborn’ Japan in their opening Group B fixture of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It was glaring that the U-23 team had the potentials of going all the way to make history and the future of the Super Eagles is in the pipeline.
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Here are the five things we learnt from the Nigeria, Japan match
1. Mikel played a deeper role upfront
The captain was fielded in an unusual role upfront playing behind Oghenekaro Etebo while Azubike played in Mikel’s natural holding midfield position.
However, the formation changed as the Chelsea midfielder played in central midfield to allow Sadiq Umar torment the Japanese defense when Nigeria was on the attack.