Nigeria’s U-23 team is through to the final stage at the ongoing U-23 Africa Nations Cup in Dakar, Senegal. This feat got them an automatic qualification to next year’s Rio Olympics.
They defeated Senegal’s team 1-0 on Wednesday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The Teranga Lions came into this game having topped Group A with maximum nine points, and also boasted of a very good defence as they won all their matches in the group stage, scoring six goals and conceded just one.
As early as the 3 minute, Nigeria forward, Etebo sent a powerful shot from 30 yards out but the Senegal shot stopper made a good work out of it.
In the 4 minute, Junior Ajayi pounced on a loose ball but his effort at goal was too weak to bother the Senegal goalkeeper. Senegal had a penalty call on the minute mark after Emmanuel brought down a Senegalese striker in the 18 yard box.
The resultant kick was saved by the Nigerian goalkeeper.
However, in the 72 minute Nigeria were also awarded a penalty after a Senegalese defender Thioune handled the ball in the penalty area. Senegal were reduced to 10 men after the referee showed the player a red card. Etebo fired the ball into the net to put Nigeria 1-0 up.
Tried as they did, Senegal could not find the equalizer and let the teeming home fans down as Nigeria booked a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.