Nigeria U-23 also known as Dream Team defeated Congo 2-1 in an African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifying match played in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Junior Ajayi grabbed a brace early in the second half – the first a tap-in after Goalkeeper Chrisopher could not get a good grip of the ball off a pull-out in the 48th minute, and the second in a marvelous team goal that Ajayi finished with a brilliant header from an inviting Daniel Etor cross six minutes later.
However, Samson Siasia’s wards allowed the Congolese get into the game by scoring a goal.
Siasia’s boys won their two away matches in the qualifying race for the All-Africa Games – for which they have qualified. They pounded Gabon 4-1 in Libreville and defeated Zambia 2-0 in Lusaka, and on the evidence of strength-in-depth, should be understandably confident going to Pointe Noire on August 2.