Nigeria’s U23, Dream Team VI yesterday booked the semi final ticket as they top Group B of the All Africa Games after they forced Senegal to a 1-1 draw in a final group game.
With the result , the Nigeria’s side finished on four points from two matches and in the semi-finals they will now face the runners-up in Group A, who will be either Burkina Faso or Sudan, while Senegal face hosts Congo for a place in the gold medal match.
Nigeria will know their semi-final foes after Sunday’s games in Group A. Congo top the group with six points from two games, while Burkina Faso and Sudan, who clash today, have three points each.
Ghana Black Meteors were defending champions, but they have now been eliminated after they finished bottom of Group B with a point from two matches.
Nigeria gifted the Senegalese a goal in the 83rd minute, when Ibrahim Keita pounced on a misjudged header to open scoring.
Substitute Mustapha Abdullahi then fired a canon from inside 18-yard box in the concluding minutes of added time to secure a point for Samson Siasia’s team.
The first half was dull as both sides did not create many chances to score.
Senegal started second half with hard tackles and within first four minutes Nigeria won four free kicks.
In the 56th minute, Junior Ajayi’s header missed narrowly and six minutes later, Etebor Oghenekaro had a better best chance to score for Nigeria, but his weak shot was held by the goalkeeper.