By Philips Sunday.
The Nigerian Under 23 Team, known as the Dream Team VI, are Under 23 champions of Africa after defeating Algeria 2-1 in the final of the CAF Under 23 Afcon in Dakar, Senegal.
Two goals from Warri Wolves striker, Oghenekaro Etabo, was enough for the Nigerian side to wrap up the CAF Under 23 championship.
Emmanuel Daniel’s 68 minutes penalty save kept the Dream Team VI hope of winning the trophy alive, just when the Algerian had equalized earlier through Nigeria’s Oduduwa own goal.
Rangers of Enugu second choice keeper, was the star man of the game today after Etabo whose 2 goals gave Nigeria under 23 side the trophy despite all odds.
Another record was made today after the Algerians failed to score in the final, meaning the Nigerian players scored all the 3 goals in the final of the under 23 championship.
Etabo became the top scorer of the tournament with 5 goals, 4 of the goals coming from the penalty spot, setting another record in the competition as the only player to score 4 goals out of the 4 penalty kicks taken.
This is the second time Samson Siasia will be leading the team to the coveted trophy having achieved this feat in 2005.
In a related development, the South African team defeated the Senegalese team 3-1 in penalty shot out, to qualify alongside Nigeria and Algeria for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio Dejanerio, Brazil.
However, Nigeria will be looking to improve on the 2008 Olympic outing where they won silver with Samson Siasia as the head coach of the team.