Nigeria’s U-23 team lost their ticket to the Rio Olympic men’s final when they lost 2-0 to Germany on Wednesday night.
A first-half strike from Lukas Klostermann and a late addition from Petersen was all the Germans needed to set up a final clash against hosts, Brazil.
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Brazil had earlier demolished Honduras in the other semi final contest – meaning Nigeria are set to face Honduras in a match for the Bronze medal.
Nigeria, who were hoping to re-enact their Atlanta 1996 feat, when they emerged as the first African country to win Olympic gold in football, will now have to fight for Bronze in the losers’ final.
It will be a big disappointment for Coach Samson Siasia who won silver in his last attempt at the Beijing Olympics and was hoping to go step higher in Rio.