Dakar - Nigeria’s Dream Team defeated a ten-man Senegalese side to qualify for the final of the U23 AFCON and also book a ticket to the men’s football event at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Second half goal from Oghenekaro Etebo was all Nigeria needed after their West African opponent has failed to convert a penalty in the first half.
Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel seem the busiest, as he prevented attacks from his West African foes.
Chikhou won a penalty for the hosts at the end of the first half, but Keita could not put the spot kick past Daniel, who saved the shot to ensure the first half end goalless.
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Nigeria returned from the break more determined and ready to win but are undone by a resilient defense from Senegal.
Nigeria goalkeeper, Daniel, was called to duty once again but he was alert to stop a shot from Senegal striker Ismaila as they now trouble Nigeria’s defense.
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia made a substitution by bringing in 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup top scorer Victor Osimhen for Godspower in the 62nd minute.
As the game approached its last 20 minutes, the Dream Team later won their own penalty when Thioune could not communicate with his goalkeeper Seydou inside the danger area that almost saw Nigeria’s Edong Eyo score but the defender tried to stop the ball with his hand which resulted to a penalty kick for Nigeria and the Senegalese was subsequently sent off.
Oghenekaro Etebo went on to convert the penalty in the 77th minute to put Nigeria ahead.
Senegal made a change and Keita was substituted for Sidy Sar as the tie reached its final 10 minutes.
Five minutes was added, but the tension-soaked period was not enough for the host to draw level, as Nigeria qualify for the final of the 2015 CAF U23 AFCON and the 2016 Olympic games football event in Rio.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.