THE U-23 National Team, known as Dream Team, will be jostling with Egypt, Senegal, Ghana, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and host Congo-Brazzaville for the gold medal of this year’s All-Africa Games’ men’s football event.
The Pharaohs conquered Burundi with 2-0 wins each leg, while Senegal reached the games on the away goal rule at the expense of Mali, following a 2-2 draw in Bamako and 1-1 draw in Dakar.
Ghana edged Mozambique 2-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 win in Accra on Sunday, while Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso also edged South Africa, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire by the same aggregate scoreline.
Cameroon drew 1-1 with Zimbabwe in Yaounde on Sunday after losing the first leg 1-0 in Harare; South Africa failed to qualify after they could only beat Sudan 1-0 following 2-0 defeat in Khartoum and Burkina Faso forced Cote d’Ivoire to a 0-0 draw in Abidjan after winning the first leg 2-1.
In the women’s event, Nigeria’s Super Falcons will battle with familiar foes Ghana, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon, as well as Tanzania, Egypt and host Congo-Brazzaville for the gold medal.
Team arrive today
The victorious national U-23 men’s football team, Dream Team will be touching down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport this morning.
According to the travel schedule of the team, the delegation departed it’s Golden Peacock Hotel Lusaka last night (11pm Nigeria time), for their Kenya Airways flight from the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka at about 02. 35am.
The delegation will arrive Nairobi Kenyatta International Airport at 06.15am where they will transit for about 1hour, then take off for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
The Dream Team it will be recalled qualified for the football event of the Sept AAG by beating their host Zambia 1-2 in a game played at the National Heroes Stadium, to qualify on a 2-1 aggregate having been held to a 0-0 draw in Abuja 3 weeks ago.
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