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Nigeria Wins U-23 African Cup of Nations, after Beating Algeria 2-1

Valentine Chinyem

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Nigeria’s Dream Team V1 on Saturday defeated Algeria 2-1 to win the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament at the Leopard Sedar Senghor Stadium in Senegal, with goals coming from striker, Etebo Oghenekaro.

The Warri Wolves striker opened scoring from the penalty spot in the minute, while defender, Segun Oduduwa scored an own goal as he headed into his own net, giving Algeria the equalizer in the 30th minute.

Etebo came into the rescue again in the 40th minute by putting Nigeria in the lead the second time as the first half ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.

Midway in the second half, Nigeria goalkeeper, Emmanuel Godwin stopped Ferhat Zinedine’s penalty kick in the 68th minute.

The North African made several efforts to score the equalizer but the Dream Team succeded in keeping them at bay as the game ended 2-1 at full time.

However, Nigeria, Algeria and South Africa, who came first, second and third respectively will represent the continent in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

More so with this victory, coach Samsom Siasia has now won the tournament for the second time, having won it in 2007 in Togo, before going ahead to win silver at the Beljing 2008 Olympics in China.