Nigeria U-23 team, Dream Team VI, have qualified for the men’s football event at next year’s Olympic games in Brazil.
Nigeria picked one of the tickets for African teams after the Dream Team VI beat hosts Senegal by a lone goal to advance to the final of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Senegalese did most of the playing in the first half and they were awarded a penalty that was clearly saved by Goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel.
Nigeria created clear cut chances in the second half and the pressure on the Senegalese paid off in the 72nd minute when the Dream Team were awarded a penalty by centre referee, Redouane Jiyed.
Midfielder Etebo Oghenekaro made no mistake from the spot and converted to book a place in the final for the Nigerians in Saturday’s final billed to take place in Dakar.
The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Al-Hassan Yakmut, has confirmed that the delayed 2014 edition of the National Sports Festival will be held after the All Africa Games (AAG) 2015.
Mr Yakmut while speaking on Channels Television’s sports programme, Sports Tonight, identified funding as a major problem that had stalled the event.
He said the commission was working towards a public-private partnership, as they await a positive response from the supposed 2014 festival host, Cross River State Government.
Yakmut was the Director of Grassroots Sports Development Department of the National Sports Commission before he took over from Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye in May 2015.
Meanwhile, the AAG 2015 will run between September 4 and 15 in Brazzaville, Congo, and the Director General is optimistic that everything needed for the national games would be ready after the All Africa Games.
The Nigeria U-23 team is scheduled to face Defending Champions, Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the the football events, while host country, Congo, will face Sudan, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe in Group A.