The Nigerian Under 23 team, popularly regarded as the Dream Team VI won the African Nations Cup for its age grade during the weekend.
The 2-1 win against their North African contemporaries, Algeria sealed the competition held in Senegal. Although, the team had qualified for next year’s Olympic Games after defeating South Africa, at the Semi final stage of the tournament, the team showed class in winning the trophy.
The Under 23 team, led by Samson Siasia already was plagued with various challenges after most foreign clubs declined releasing their players for the tournament since it is not on the FIFA Calendar.
The tournament also saw the featuring of the just concluded Under 17 World Championship in Chile, Victor Osimhen, who also did not perform below expectations.
Fans across the world have already started applauding Samson Siasia for this move and also for the victory of his boys at the tournament.
A lawyer, Mr Tony Okorie, commended Siasia for fielding Victor Osimhen, a member of the National U-17 team, in the championship.
“Osimhen showed class just as he did in the FIFA U-17 championship in Chile and it shows that Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents,“ he said.
Mr Emeka Ezinteje, the Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Union in South Africa, said the team demonstrated character and discipline to win the championship.
He said at Kimberley, Northern Cape Province of South Africa, that Coach Samson Siasia did a marvelous job in raising the team.
“I am aware the team did not blend at the commencement of the championship, but they showed character and tactical discipline to win the event,“ he said.