The Nigeria U23 team, the Dream Team VI, on Sunday in Port Harcourt recorded a slim 2-1 win over Congo in their final round, first leg qualifying match for the African U-23 Championship.
Two second half goals from Junior Ajayi initially put the Coach Samson Siasia-tutored side on course for the big win they craved; for but having inexplicably took their feet off the pedal, the Congolese played themselves back into the game and secured a vital away goal in the 66th minute through Nkoukou Miose.
Ajayi scored both goals early in the second half – the first a tap-in after goalkeeper Chrisopher could not get a good grip of the ball off a pull-out in the 48th minute. The second goal for Nigeria came off a brilliant team display before Ajayi finished with a sparkling header in the 54th minute.
Despite the slim home win, many expect that the Dream Team VI should still be able to scale through going by their antecedence in past matches.
Siasia’s boys won their two away matches in the qualifying race for the All-Africa Games – for which they have qualified.
They pounded Gabon 4-1 in Libreville and defeated Zambia 2-0 in Lusaka, and on the evidence of strength-in-depth, should be understandably confident going to Pointe Noire on August 2.
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