U-23 Eagles Plot Senegal’s Fall

Nigeria’s Aminu Umar (left) outruns a Ghanaian defender when they met in their opening game of the All Africa Games football event in Congo…on Wednesday. PHOTO: CAF

Nigeria’s Aminu Umar (left) outruns a Ghanaian defender when they met in their opening game of the All Africa Games football event in Congo…on Wednesday. PHOTO: CAF

Nigeria U-23 team Coach Samson Siasia is aiming to top Group B of the All Africa Games football men’s event, as he leads the Dream Team VI against fellow West Africans, Senegal, this afternoon to determine the winners.

The U-23 Eagles already through to the semi-final with three points after beating rivals Ghana 2-0, while Senegal are on a point from a goalless draw with the Ghanaians. A point will consolidate Nigeria’s leadership of this group and ensure they avoid hosts Congo in the last four and battle either Burkina Faso or Sudan, while Senegal will be looking out for at least a point to seal their passage to the knockout stage of the competition.

Senegal, who will in November stage the CAF U-23 Championship, were unlucky not to beat Ghana in their opening group game with the stocky Sylvain Badji a major threat upfront.

Nigeria, on the other hand, made their dominance against the Black Meteors count with two worked-out goals.

According to Africanfootball.com, both countries have met twice at this level before, with a win each.

Their first meeting was at Abuja 2003 All Africa Games, when Nigeria beat Senegal 2-0 with goals from Emmanuel Izuagha and Emmanuel Okoduwa.

However, Senegal got their pound of flesh at the CAF U-23 Championship 2011 in Morocco with a 2-1 win over Nigeria. Daniel Chima Uchechi scored Nigeria’s only goal.
Nigeria will be going all out for victory according to midfield star, Etebor Oghenekaro.

“We bless God for the victory in the opening game against Ghana. We are going for victory against Senegal and by His grace we will get the win. We are fully prepared for the match,” Oghenekaro stated.



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