Former coach of the Super Falcons, Godwin Izilein, on Friday appealed to the Dream Team VI to play well and win the bronze medal.
Izilein told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that winning the bronze was better than not getting anything.
The football tactician identified late preparation for major events as responsible for the poor performance of Nigerian sportsmen and women in tournaments.
He called on administrators of sports in the country to be alive to their responsibilities by ensuring early preparation for tournaments.
Izilein said that considering what the players went through in USA during their preparation, they should hold their heads high by winning the bronze medal.
“I still salute their courage, considering what they went through. It takes people with lion heart to easily come out of what they went through.
“I will urge them to concentrate well for the bronze medal. We need it, it is better than not having anything at all,” he said.
Izilein said, “Why are we always starting late in terms of preparation?
“As we speak, some countries are already planning for the 2020 games.
‘’Here, we only start rushing things when it is two or three months to a major tournament and expect the athletes to perform wonders.”
NAN recalls that the Dream Team V1, inspite of challenges while in camp, qualified for the semi-finals of the football event of the Rio Olympic games.
The team lost to Germany,0-2 in the semi-final and will meet Hunduras for the third place match on Saturday.