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Dream Team gets U23 AFCON group opponents

14 September 2015, 16:03

Lagos - Nigeria's U23 team, the Dream Team VI will play in group B of the 2015 CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations, News24 reports.

After the draws which was held at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, the Nigerians were drawn in group B, alongside Egypt, Algeria and Mali.

The competition, which serves as Africa's qualifiers to the Olympic Games, will be staged in Senegal this year, after the maiden edition held in Morocco in 2011.

It was initially named the CAF U23 Championship, but was rebranded on August 6, to the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations, in a bid to attract sponsorship.

Also read: Dream Team beat Ghana in AAG opener

Champions from the first edition, Gabon, have failed to qualify, and will miss out on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.

Group A, as expected, comprises of hosts, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia and Tunisia.

The draw was conducted by CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani and assisted by CAF Executive Committee member Amadou Diakite.

The final tournament will take place from 28 November to 12 December 2015 in the Senegalese cities of Dakar and M’Bour.

It will be an opportunity for Nigeria to return to the Olympic Games, after failing to qualifying in 2011.

The team is presently in Congo Brazaville, participating at the 11th All Africa Games, which has been serving as preparations for the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

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