Nigeria's Under 23 football team ,this evening won the Africa Nation Under 23 football competition by beating Algeria..2 goals to one in Dakar,Senegal.The team had defeated host country Senegal in the Semi Finals which earned them a ticket to the Rio Olympics coming up in 2016.The yeam is coached by Samson Siasia


90+4 - Game over! Nigeria are U23 AFCON champions, it was a deserved victory

90+4 - Okechukwu booked for time wasting

90+3 - Amaefule fouled, free kick for Nigeria

90+2 - Followup shot by Benkenesa is well read by Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel

90+1 - There will be four minutes of added time

90 - Foul by Okechukwu and Usman Mohammed is on the turf and he is taken off on a stretcher

88 - Algeria are playing with a lot more urgency and it is understandable as the minutes are now ticking away

87 - Algeria's Ferhani is booked for a shove in the back of Nigeria's Sincere, free kick to Nigeria

86 - Algeria goalkeeper Salhi fumbles a ball for another Nigeria corner

85 - Junior Ajayi wins another corner for Nigeria and it remains Nigeria 2 Algeria 1

82 -Skipper Okechukwu fouls in a very good position for Algeria, just outside the box, but is directed straight at the Nigeria goalie

81 - Ferhat fouled, free kick Algeria as Nigeria now on the backfoot

80 - Darfalou infringement in the Nigerian box, free kick to Nigeria

The game is held up for the medics to attend to injured Usman Mohammed

78 - Beguit out, Darfalou in for Algeria, Algeria going for broke now

77 - Good attacking spell by Nigeria, but no end product at the end

75 - Algeria continue to win free kicks in good positions and Nigeria barely just cleared their lines after Hadouche's free kick, a close call

73 - Nigeria attack again and win a throwin

70 - Osimhen out, Bature Yaro in and before then, Tonbara goes out for Kufre Ebong. Siasia now wants to pack the midfield

70 - And at the other end, Osimhen wins a corner for Nigeria

69 - Nigeria saves Ferhat's penalty and it remains Nigeria 2 Algeria 1

68 - PENALTY! Algeria win a penalty after Amorkrane is brought down by Oduduwa

67 - Nigeria defend very well again to keep out Algeria

64 -Usman Mohammed of Nigeria is booked for a late tackle as Algeria continue to win free kicks inside the Nigeria half of the pitch

63 - Looping header by Algeria just misses target, big let-off for Nigeria

62 - Meziane is booked for a late tackle and almost immediately he is replaced by Hadouche

60 - An hour played and Ferhat is inspiring an Algerian fight-back

57 - Ferhat's deflected shot is held by the Nigeria goalkeeper

56 - It is still Nigeria 2 Algeria 1, but Sincere just manages to boot the ball for a corner in favour of Algeria, but Nigeria goalkeeper pushes out of danger a downward header

54 - Algeria danger man Ferhat is brought down, free kick to Algeria but nothing comes out of this set piece

52 - Etebo goes another solo run, but this time he is stopped and moments later Osimhen shoots for goal, but it misses its mark

48 - Algeria get a chance to draw level but the final shot is too weak to trouble Nigeria goalie Daniel

Algeria have won two successive free kicks

46 - Algeria restart the game

45+2 - First half over - Nigeria 2 Algeria 1. It has been an entertaining 45 minutes of football action and Nigeria have been rewarded for their attacking play

45+1 - We are now in additional time of the first half, just as Amaefule clears a dangerous ball for corner as Algeria come calling again

44 - Ndifreke stops Ferhat as Algeria go in search of another equaliser

It's now Nigeria 2 Algeria 1 and it is the class of Etebo that shines through yet again, he bursts through the Algerian defence before he fired beyond the onrushing goalie for Nigeria's second

41 - GOAL! Nigeria score again and it is Etebo again

40 - Osimhen crashes into an Algerian defender,

39 - The brilliant Ferhat is brought down by Sincere, free kick Algeria

37 - Algeria win a free kick, but they end up in an offside position

35 - Etebo's free kick comes off the Algeria defensive wall and from the rebound, Oduduwa blasts wide

34 - Etebo is pulled down on the edge of the Algeria box, free kick in a very good position for Nigeria

32 - Usman Mohammed is fouled by two Algerian players, free kick Nigeria around the centre circle

30 - GOAL! Algeria equalise as Oduduwa puts a dangerous cross by Ferhat into his own net

29 - Osimhen fouls Algeria skipper Keniche inside the Algeria 18-yard box, free kick Algeria

27 - Defensive header by Ndifreke

24 - Junior Ajayi fails to link up Osimhen and moments later Sahli again fumbles another Nigerian shot by Etebo but Osimhen late to reach the rebound

22 -Algeria goalkeeper Salhi fumbles a shot but somehow his defence regroup to stop another Nigerian attack

21 - Algeria have not really got their attack going thus far

20 - Poorly taken free kick by Algeria and Nigeria goalkeeper only too happy to hold the ball it firmly

18 - Algeria come close, but the final shot misses the target, it was close to an equaliser

17 - The Nigerian attacking play has really unsettled the North Africans and the Dream Team have continued to camp in their opponents' half of the pitch

Nigeria deserved their lead, they have attacked and have been duly rewarded

14 - GOAL! Nigeria go ahead through penalty converted by Etebo, who sends the goalkeeper the wrong way

13 - Etebo brought down on his way to goal - PENALTY!

10 - Osimhen again comes close after a fine control inside the Algerian goal area but his shot misses just narrowly. Algeria BEWARE!

8 - Nigeria stay in the Algerian half, they want an opening goal

7 - Algeria's Meziane caught offside, Nigeria are playing a relaxed game and playing the long ball from defence to unsettle the Algerian defence

6 - Nigeria have so far bossed the ball possession

5 - Again, Benguit fouls Ndifreke, another free kick to Nigeria from a good position

4 - Tonbara fouled and Nigeria win another free kick

Nigeria are attacking, they want this trophy badly

2 - Benguit of Algeria fouls Ndifreke, free kick for Nigeria which is turned into a corner

Osimhen has a first crack at the Algeria goal but his left-footed half volley is well held by goalkeeper Salhi

1 - Kick off


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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