Date: 19 July 2015
Time: 4:00pm Nigerian Time
Venue: Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria.
Referee: Anthony Ogwayo (Kenya)
The Nigeria U-23 side, the Dream Team, is set for the African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier against Congo, in Port Harcourt. The game will see the team parading old reliables like goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, Oghenekaro Etebor, Taiwo Awoniyi, Azubuike Okechukwu, Erhun Obanor and Godwin Saviour, with new faces Umar Aminu and Musa Yahaya making the cut.
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FT: Nigeria 2-1 Congo
91′ Etebo!!!! Almost scores the third!!! CK for Nigeria, Oduduwa let’s fly from 20 yards but keepers pushes out for a Corner-kick
89′ Nigeria Corner-kick, Mafumbi gathers easily. Three minutes of added time for Nigeria to get a third goal
80′ Musa Yahaya wins Nigeria a corner. Azubuike Okechukwu receives medical attention on the edge of Congo’s vital area. The ballgoes over the post
75′ Stanley Amuzie’s cross eludes Taiwo Awoniyi. Claude Leroy was visibly worried, Siasia anxious from both coaches’ corner
72′ Taiwo Awoniyi picks up a knock, looks like he’s injured his wrist. Nothing some magic spray won’t sort out
Nigeria sub: Two goal hero Ajayi comes off, Taiwo Awoniyi takes his place
Nigeria sub: Daniel Etor comes off, Musa Yahaya comes in
66′ Goal!!! Nigeria 2-1 Congo. Congo get a goal back. Nkounkou Miose scores after Emmanuel Daniel’s initial footed save.
62′ Usman Mohammed is a recipient of an agricultural tackle by the Congolese. He goes off but should be okay to return
58′ Nigeria with some beautiful exchanges in the mid field, shouts for handball but referee waves it off.
52′ Goal!!! Nigeria 2-0 Congo. Junior Ajayi nods home the ball from a Daniel Ekong cross.
47′ GOAL!!!!! Junior Ajayi puts Nigeria in the lead. Nigeria 1-0 Congo
45′ The game is back on!
Halftime: Nigeria 0-0 Congo
44′ Ajayi Junior can’t get to Stanley Amuzies cross, Congo escape again
42′ Nigeria get another Corner-kick for the umpteenth time, Etor with another poor delivery. Congo break but Nigeria back in control
38′ Congo sub: Rozan Variel (15) replaces Dozi Ravu (18)
38′ Great interplay between Nigerian forwards but ball recovered by Congo defence
37′ A Congo player goes on a mazy run but he is stopped by the Nigerian defence
34′ Goal line clearance by Congo, what a chance for Nigeria! What a miss! Congo defence really solid!
32′ Indirect Free-kick, curious one by the ref. Etebo stands on it. Bafumbi saves, Corner-kick Nigeria, Etebo heads wide
Ball possession: Nigeria 61%, Congo 39%
30′ Nigeria earn back-to-back corners
27′ Savior goes after a through ball but Bafumbi collects at the second attempt. Savior has been immense this half
25′ Nigeria 0-0 Congo. The game still remains without any goal.
21′ Godwin Saviour fouled. Freekick headed away. Congo win a freekick. Makclesse Junior fouled. Their kick not on target
20′ Junior and Etor combine to get a Corner-kick for Nigeria, goalkeeper fumbles but gets his palms to it to safety
18′ Nigeria get a Free-kick but it’s wasted. Congo will be happy with proceedings so far
14′ What a miss! Junior Ajayi misses with just the goal keeper to beat.
7′ The U23 are keen to score first but a fierce shot by a Nigerian forward is deflected. Leroy is nervous
5′ A Nigerian cross dealt with by the Congo defence but Godwin Saviour’s cross-shot goes wide
2′ First shot by Nigeria, Etebo finds space to shot but Congolese keeper gathers. They attack at the other end and get a throw in.
1′ Its on! The game is Underway!
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