Mikel said, “We didn’t play well. We don’t deserve to be in the final.”
But the Chelsea midfielder, who had promised to get the gold is not giving up on winning a medal,
“We are professional players and hopefully we can win a medal,” he said.
The football bronze is seen as possibly the last hope of the country picking up any medal from the Rio Games.
The entire Nigerian squad left London 2012 without any medal even though neither the men nor women’s football teams qualified for the London Games.
Nigeria won gold at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics and silver at Beijing 2008.