Nigeria beat Algeria to Win AFCON U-23 Championship

Nigerian midfielder Etebo Peter Oghenekaro ensured his team became champions of the 2015 U-23 African Cup of Nations-AFCON courtesy of a 2-1 win over Algeria in the final at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, Dakar. The Warri Wolves player scored twice in the first half despite an own-goal by Oduduwa Segun in between secured the Dream Team the title at the expense of Algeria.

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia handed a surprise start to FIFA U-17 World Cup star, Victor Osimhen in attack and the youngster repaid the trust by earning his side a penalty after 13 minutes after Algeria captain Ryad Keniche fouled him in the box.

Oghenekaro converted from the spot to give the West Africans an early lead which they will hold on till the hour mark. Minutes later, Algeria goalie Abdelkadir Salhi denied Oghenekaro his second goal by palming out the latter’s goal bound shot from close range.

On 68 minutes, Algeria were rewarded a penalty after Ndifreke Effiong fouled Amokrane in the vital area, but Nigeria goalie Daniel made light work of Ferhat’s shot from the short distance with a calm save. Nigeria held on to claim victory to cap an impressive outing at the tournament which served as the continental qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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