Abuja - Nigeria's U23
squad, nicknamed the Dream Team VI, won the bronze medal of the men’s football
event of the 11th All-Africa Games on Thursday after a 5-3 penalty shoot-out
defeat of host Congo.
Full time and
extra time at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat ended 0-0 before the U-23 sides
went into penalties.
Both teams lost
3-1 to their semifinal opponents, with the Nigeria U-23 failing against Burkina
Faso and the Congolese losing to Senegal. Senegal and Burkina Faso will contest
Friday’s gold medal match.
In the penalty
shoot –out, winger Daniel Etor scored Nigeria’s first kick, and Kader Bidimbou
equalized for Congo. Sodiq Atanda then scored for Nigeria before Nigeria’s
goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel saved from Sagese Babele.
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scored to sustain Nigeria’s lead, but Congo’s Silvere Ganvoula also scored to
keep up the chase. After Captain Erhun Obanor scored Nigeria’s fourth, Julsy
Boukama Kaya of Congo also scored to keep alive the hosts’ hope.
FC of Port Harcourt forward Christian Pyagbara made sure of the bronze medal
for Nigeria U-23 by scoring Nigeria’s fifth and last.
The Dream Team's
win means all the medals in the men's football event of the 11th All-Africa
Games will go to West Africa.