Nigeria’s Dream Team will file out against the Fennec Foxes of Algeria in a must win encounter at the on-going U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.
A win for any of the teams will automatically take them to the semi-finals as well as qualify them for the football event at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Dream Team VI XI vs Algeria: Daniel E. Seth S Oduduwa S. Amaefule T. Ndifreke E. Azubuike O. Godspower A. Usman M. Kufre E. Etebo O. Junior A
66′ Ferhat again at the thick of things. He starts a move on the right hand side which involves nice one touch football but his cross is over hit for any one in the box
60′ Nigeria SUBS: Taiwo Awoniyi comes on, Kufre comes off
57′ The match is looking evenly balanced but the Algerians have looked more threatening especially since Ferhat moved to the left hand side to torture Seth Sincere
54′ Nigeria SUBS: Tiongoli on, Godspower off
52′ The Freekicck from the foul is played in by Ferhat but it is easily caught
51′ Captain Azubuike is penalised for a foul on an opposition player
48′ GOOD RUN by Ferhat on the right. The Algerian beats two players for pace on the right flank but his final cross is blocked by Azubuike
47′ GOOD COMBO’S!!! Junior Ajayi plays two consecutive one-two’s but his cross to Godspower is over hit
47′ Algeria start the second half well and they whip in two crosses from the left,
46′ Second half kicks off
HT: Algeria 0 – 0 Nigeria, Mali leading Egypt 1 – 0 in the other group game…If the scores remain this way, Nigeria and Algeria qualify for the semi-final
45+ One minute of added time given and Nigeria are having all the possession
44′ Etebo does well to block off an attacker who was attempting to get to a long pass
42′ The Algerian captain taken off the pitch for treatment after Sincere clatters unto him, the Flying Eagle ma is lucky to still be on the pitch
39′ An attacking movee from Godspower, Etebo and Ajayi is easily cleared, Algeria attack but a loose pass ends their attacking move
38′ Algeria’s most dangerous attacking player so far; Ferhat is brought down close to the touchline near the halfway line, he wants a card for Usman Mohammed which is not forthcoming
35′ Nigeria have not created one clear cut chance whilee the opposition have created three
32′ WHAT A SAVE!!! The Algerian goalie does well to not only block Etebo’s free kick but to keep it in play and hold unto it
30′ Junior Ajayi is fouled just at the edge of the box…a good position to take a free kick
25′ Nigeria with 60% of the possession so far
20′ Algeria have started very strong in this game as their starman Zinedine Fehrat wins a corner but it comes to nothing.
16′ Dream Team VI keeps knocking the ball around with no real purpose as they lose possession unnecessarily.
13′ A chance for Nigerian to take the lead, goalkeeper Abdelkadir Salhi parries for a Nigerian corner.
12′ The Nigerian defenders need to be up an doing as they seem lost for a second time. Algeria lurking around.
10′ Kufre couldn’t control the long ball to him on the left flank as both teams look to unlock the defense of each other.
8′ Nigeria wins a throw-in deep into the Algerian area. Etebo takes it, as the Algerian defence clears the danger.
6′ Algeria with the first clear chance to take the lead….shot blocked. Amaefule was in the right position.
5′ Ajayi’s run down the right flank was repelled. Nigeria seem to have settled into the game.
3′ Both teams are taking it easy as this encounter is so crucial, as Nigeria wins a freekick in the centre circle.
1′ The game is on as Algeria wins their first corner just 24 seconds into the game.