Dream Team VI of Nigeria will today battle the Fennec Foxes of Algeria in the final of the 2015 Africa U23 Championship in Senegal, billed for the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor, Dakar.
The Nigerian side defeated host Senegal 1-0 in the first semi-final with Etebo Oghenekaro converting from the penalty spot.
Les Fennecs on their own part brushed aside South Africa 2-0 in the second semis to reach their first Olympics for the first time in 35 years.
Oussama Darfalou and Mohammed Benkhemassa scored in either half to book a place at next year’s multisport event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
No matter the outcome of the game, both countries have already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the match today is simply to decide who wins the Senegal 2015 tournament. Winner of today encounter will lead other countries to the Olympic Games.
It was a well deserving win for the North Africans who made the best of their positive start with an early goal after eight minutes. A long ball from Riyad Keniche found Darfalou, who beat an offside trap before lobbying over South African goalie Jody February for the opener.
This will be the third time both teams will clash in this tournament since the inaugural competition in Morocco 2011, which was won by Gabon.
Nigeria thrashed the North Africans 4-1 four years ago, before they drew 0-0 in a group game in Senegal.
Algeria, nicknamed the Young Desert Foxes, came into the 2011 CAF U-23 championship hoping to secure a place in the Olympic Games for just the second time in their history.
The Desert Foxes have appeared at just one previous Olympic football tournament, Moscow 1980, when they got as far as the quarterfinals before being beaten 3-0 by the now defunct Yugoslavia.
Algeria reached these U-23 finals after victories over Madagascar and Zambia in the preliminary stages. They breezed past the former by a 4-0 aggregate score but only just did enough to defeat the latter 3-2, Algeria won 3-0 at home but very nearly threw away their advantage with a 2-0 loss in the return match.
However, Nigeria’s U23 national team nickname, ‘’Dream Team VI’’ will be hoping to imitate the original Dream Team that won a historic Gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.


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