Lagos March 26, 2019 (NAN) Football fans in Lagos say they are happy that the Nigeria U-23 Dream Team V11 overwhelmed their Libyan counterparts 4-0 in their AFCON qualifier.
The match which took place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Delta, South-south of Nigeria on Monday saw the Dream Team V11 overturn a 2-0 deficit to earn a well deserved victory and a ticket for the 2019 AFCON U-23 Championship.
The eventual goal aggregate 4-2 clearly books Dream Team V11 in the tournament coming up in Egypt in November and a chance to defend their 2015 U-23 AFCON championship title won in Senegal.
The competition will also serve as the qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games coming up in Tokyo, Japan.
Femi Olatunji a businessman said that the young guys were ruthless and played with confidence and passion and congratulated the team for a well deserved victory.
« It was a great match, the team played with purpose and the determination to record a very important victory.
« I congratulate the team and wish them success in future matches ahead, » Olatunji said.
Kelvin Nnamdi, another fan described the victory as a big boost for the team whom, he said, did very poorly in their first leg.
« Indeed, I salute their courage and their determination to achieve what they have to achieve.
« It was a very important match for the team and they showed the needed charisma to earn their good result.
« If this team is well manged, they can go far in the competition, » Nnamdi said.
Segun Oladele, a worker, said that he was very impressed with the team’s overall performance and rated them high in the coming championship.
« With what I have seen today, Nigeria will surely go far in the competition. They did well to overpower their Libyan counterparts; indeed it is a worthwhile victory, » Oladele said.
NAN reports that it was a hard fought victory for the Imama Amapakabo-led team as informed star player Victor Osimhen’s hard-trick began to roll in from the 34th minute in the first half.
His persistence eventually paid off past the half hour when Osimhen profited from a loose ball to rattle home his first of the afternoon.
The second half of the match also was very enterprising for the Dream Team as they threw everything they had in to record their second goal through Osimhen following Libyan goal keeper error.
They earned their comeback through the brilliance of the Wolfsburg FC of Germany man who rounded a great display after some good work from Kelechi Nwakali to lay him an easy tap in.
David Okereke, who came on for Taiwo Awoniyi, completed the rout with another well taken goal which sent the home fans into jubilation. (NAN)