Nigeria’s U-23 side did not underrate Colombia before their final Group B fixture which they lost 2-0, according to captain John Obi Mikel.
With qualification as group winners secured before the clash, coach Samson Siasia rested five regular starters for the encounter but the Chelsea star claims never took Los Cafeteros lightly.
“That’s football. We are professionals and could not have underrated the Colombians,” Mikel told reporters after the game.
“We will work harder ahead of our next game.”
Nigeria face Denmark on Saturday in the quarter-final at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador as they continue their quest for gold.

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