Lagos - Former Arsenal and Ajax Amsterdam star Nwankwo Kanu
could not hide his delight after the Nigeria U23 booked their ticket for the
2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Samson Siasia-led side dug deep before beating host
Senegal 1-0 at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar on Wednesday evening
courtesy of Oghenekaro Etebo's goal in the 76th minute from the penalty spot.
Kanu has urged the Dream Team not to make up the numbers
next August in Brazil, telling them that they should protect the country's
dignity during the Games.
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''Congrats Siasia and your coaching staff and congrats to
the players,'' Nwankwo Kanu said via social media.
''Well done and let's go to Brazil and do our country
The lanky striker represented the original Dream Team at the
1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, USA and etched his name into Nigerian
football folklore after notching a brace in the 4 -3 win over Brazil in the semifinal.
Twelve years after that record of being the first African
team to win the football event of the Olympic Games, the Nigeria U23s qualified
for the final in Beijing but lost 1-0 to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.For
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