Nigeria’s Dream Team qualifies for 2016 Olympics as they cruise into final

Nigeria's Dream Team has qualified for 2016 Olympics after cruising into the final of African championship. Photo: NFF

Nigeria’s Dream Team has qualified for 2016 Olympics after cruising into the final of African championship. Photo: NFF

Nigeria’s U-23 side yesterday emerged as the first team to qualify for 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. The Samson Siasia-led team made it through after defeating host Senegal 0-1 to qualify for the final at the ongoing African Championship.

A second half penalty was all the Dream Team needed to grab a slot in Brazil after defeating Senegal in the semi-final.

Etebo Oghenekaro scored the penalty after Ousseynou Thioune brought down Nigeria’s Eyo Ebong who was aiming for goal.

The hero of the day was however Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Emmanuel Daniel who was in his best form at the Stade Léopold-Sédar-Senghor. Daniel denied the Senegalese team several chances and even saved a penalty to lead Nigeria to the finals of the ongoing tournament.

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