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NIGERIA U23 2-1 ALGERIA U23: DREAM TEAM VI ARE AFRICAN CHAMPIONS


Etebo Oghenekaro’s first half goals were
enough to separate the two teams and give
Samson Siasia’s lads the African crown for
the first time

Nigeria will feature at the Rio 2016 Olympics
as African champions after defeating
Algeria 2-1 in the final of the African U23
championship played at the Stade Leopold
Sedar Senghor on Saturday night.
Etebo 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 their first Africa
U23 diadem.

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.

Nigeria will feature at the Rio 2016 Olympics
as African champions after defeating
Algeria 2-1 in the final of the African U23
championship played at the Stade Leopold
Sedar Senghor on Saturday night.
Etebo 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 their first Africa
U23 diadem.
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. Emmanuel's opposite number,
Abdelkadir ergio Romero, denied Schurrle
inside the first minute of extra time, while
fellow substitute Rodrigo Palacio fluffed his
lines at the other end before Gotze sealed
Germany's fourth World Cup triumph.

Emmanuel's opposite number, Abdelkadir
Salhi , denied Junior Ajayi few minutes
later, while Oussama Chita fluffed his lines
at the other end before the Dream Team VI
dictated proceeding from the midfield.
Ayoub Abdellaoui conceded a penalty after
forcing down Etebo who raced through his
markers to the goal area of the Algerians.
The Warri Wolves stepped up, oozed with
confidence, then sent Salhi the wrong way
for his side’s opener.

Les Fennecs’ quest for the equaliser yielded
dividends on the hour mark when hard-
pressed Oduduwa headed home a cross from
the right by Ferhat into his own net.
Five minutes to the half time break, Etebo
restored Nigeria’s lead with a fine finish to
after making a mess of the opponent’s
backline with his terrific speed.
Etebo drilled a second half free-kick into
the defensive wall, prompting an Algeria
break on which Chita shot across the face of
goal.

Ajayi was then muscled away from Azubuike
Okeckukwu’s 68th-minute cross as Siasia's
men settled into an ominous rhythm,
although Ryad Keniche's shuddering shoulder
charge into Muhammed Usman’s face that
ultimately slowed down the Taraba FC
midfielder’s fairytale performance.
Ben Tarham drew a sharp save from Daniel,
while Ferhat forced Sincere Seth to hack his
cross-shot out of the goalmouth after racing
down the right.

Mohammed Benkhemassa - somewhat
fortunate to have only been booked for a
reckless lunge on Osimhen - then bumped his
side’s stoppage-time corner over the bar as
Nigeria sealed their first U23 Championship
triumph.