Going into tonight’s final group game against Colombia, AS Roma striker Sadiq Umar has said he hopes to score more goals at the Rio Olympics after he fired his second goal of the tournament against Sweden.
“I have played with some fear in my first two games because I am playing for the national team for the first time, but all that has now gone and I believe I can score more goals at this tournament,” the 19-year-old Sadiq has vowed.
The Abuja Football College protégé’s two goals have been crucial to Nigeria cruising to the last eight with today’s game to spare. He opened scoring with a simple tap-in to inspire Dream Team VI to a thrilling 5-4 win over Asian champions Japan.
He looked to the skies as it was a goal to honour the memory of his father, who died while he was in training camp in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, prior to the Olympics.
The Kaduna-born will then be the match winner against European champions Sweden.
And on both occasions he benched new Al Ahly 2.5 million Euros signing Junior Ajayi and Super Eagles forward Umar Aminu.
Serie A side Roma have already given ‘Jololo’ a four-year contract after a successful season-long loan stint from Serie B Spezia.
Tonight, the gangling striker will again hope to get a few more goals past Colombia shot stopper Cristian Bonilla, who himself was once a striker as a child.
The 23-year-old Bonilla made his international debut at the 2009 U-17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria, before he featured at two FIFA U-20 World Cups in 2011 and 2013.
He has already been compared with Colombia’s No.1 Oscar Cordoba.
So, whose star will be shinning the brighter between Nigeria’s new discovery and the highly-rated goalkeeper from Colombia?
This question will begin to be answered from 11pm Nigerian time today inside the gigantic Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, which is an hour ahead of Manaus, where both teams have played their first two group games.