With the Nigerians missing the services of two key players in the shape of Oghenekaro Etebo and Azubuike Okechukwu, the Dream Team struggled against the Europeans, first conceding early in the first half, before Nils Petersen grabbed a second goal with one minute remaining.
“I wanted to win the gold medal, but the fact is that we did not play well today (Wednesday). The Germans played well,” allnigeriasoccer.com quoted the Chelsea midfielder as saying.
“We are professionals, we can now claim third place and this is what we get. We want to give a medal to Nigeria,” he concluded.