Nigeria’s Dream Team VI will today face hosts Senegal in the first semi-final of the U-23 AFCON in the fight for a ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic football.
The winners of this tie will qualify for the Rio Olympics and the final of U-23 AFCON.
Even though the both teams are not new to each other having met three times with a win each for them and a draw.
The crowd will be behind the home team, whose confidence has been on a high since they struck gold at the AAG in Congo earlier this year.
Dream Team VI will be without skipper Azubuike Okechukwu and winger Stanley Dimgba, who is nursing an ankle injury.
The Teranga Lions will also feel the heat on attacking midfielder Sidy Sarr, who was forced out by injury in the final group match against Zambia.
Dream Team VI defender Chizoba Amaefule has assured the defenders have grown in confidence after keeping a clean sheet in their last group game against Algeria and he is confident Nigeria will beat favourites Senegal to reach the championship final.
“Keeping clean sheet against Algeria has boosted our confidence and morale,” he said.
“Everybody is working harder and ready to do more. The semi-final against Senegal is not going to be an easy game, but it’s a game we must win to actualise our dream of coming here, which is to win the competition and qualify for the Olympics.
“I am ready for the game and my teammates are all ready to win the game.”
The match will kick–off by 4pm Nigerian time at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium in Dakar, Senegal.