Nigeria’s U-23 team defeated their Algerian counterparts in the final match of the Senegal U-23 African Nations Cup at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, Dakar, on Saturday, to win the trophy. Etebo Oghenekaro’s first half goals were enough to separate the two teams and give Samson Siasia’s boys the African crown for the first time. Oghenekaro, the competition’s top scorer repeated his fluency and brilliance in front of goal as he scored the goals that handed the Dream Team VI the title.
The dogged north Africans got a life line as Segun Oduduwa nodded home Zinedine Ferhat’s cross but the Nigerians stayed stanch with goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel saving Ferhat’s penalty in the second half. It was the first time Nigeria had conceded in the first half of the competition but it came to a bitter pill to swallow for Pierre Andre Schurmann’s team who failed to convert their chances in both halves. Victor Osimhen passed up a glorious chance in the first minute of the game and the 16-year-old also had couples of chances thrown away.
The team will represent the continent, together with Algeria and South Africa, as African Champions in the Rio 2016 Olympics.