Coach Samson Siasia and his lads have squeezed their way through to next year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.

77th minute penalty by skipper Oghenekaro Etebo was all the U-23 team needed to secure a ticket to the biggest sporting spectacle in Brazil next year.

Nigeria also have Goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel to thank for saving a penalty in first half stoppage time for Dream Team VI to hold hosts Senegal 0-0 after the first period.
Daniel fouled Dieng Chekhou inside his own box, but he made amends when he saved Sory Keita’s penalty moments later.

In the second half, Senegal continued to dominate, recording as many as 11 shots on target as against four by Nigeria.

The game struggled to rise to its high billing but in the 59th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel used his foot to deny goal-bound Ismaila Sarr.

Hosts Senegal will now have to try and qualify for the Olympics by winning the third-place match on Saturday.

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