Nigeria vs Libya saw the Dream Team VII progress to the next stage of the AFCON U23 qualifier Victor Osimhen turned up for Imama Amapakabo’s side as he scored three times during regulation time to hand the hosts the much needed victory. Nigeria are through to the final round of the AFCON u-23 qualifier after beating Libya 4-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.The Eagles U23 suffered 2-0 defeat in the reverse fixture five days ago, but this victory means they are through to the finals on 4-2 aggregate. Former U17 striker Victor Osimhen opened the scoring for the hosts through a rebound after Kelechi Nwakali’s goal-bound free kick was denied by the wood works.
The Wolsfburg star on loan at Belgian side Royal Charleroi doubled his side’s lead in the 67th minute after benefiting from the Libyan’s confused defence line. Coach Imama Amapakabo’s boys got the game off to a shaky note as they showed anxiety in their while attacking their visitors.
The Dream Team VII finally settled into the game with Nwakali striking a superb free kick but it was denied by the sticks in the 19th minute. The Dream Team VII finally settled into the game with Nwakali striking a superb free kick but it was denied by the sticks in the 19th minute.
Barely one minute after, the Eagles U23 side mounted a little more pressure on the Libyans as Villarreal attacker Samuel Chukwueze tried doubling his side’s lead but danger was averted by the guests. Having wont he first leg 2-0, the Libyans were a bit more defensive in their tactical approach as a goalless draw would see them progress.
However, the hosts continued to attack as Chukwueze struck a direct free kick from the right flank, but again, the home team were denied by the posts.
Osimhen got a chance to double his side’s lead in the first half but his thunderous long range shot was stopped by the wood works in the 45th minute of the meeting.
On return for the second half of the meeting, coach Imama Amapakabo’s lads continued their impressive attacking football.
And not long before then, Osimhen found the back of the net in the 67th minute to restore parity for his side on aggregate.
Superb-sub Chigozie Okereke sealed the victory for the Eagles U23 in the 94th minute from close range after a number of efforts had been denied by the Libyans moments earlier.
The U-23 are now one foot in the AFCON U-23 nations cup as they have a final qualifying match to play against the winner of Kenya and Sudan.
Nigeria won gold at the 1996 edition of the Olympics in Atlanta, USA and in 2008, they won silver in Beijing.
While in 2016, Mikel Obi led team claimed bronze – the only medal team Nigeria won in Brazil three years ago.
The 20-year-old completed his hat-trick in the game int he 81st minute after receiving a long pass from Nwakali and he beautifully put the ball at the back of the net.
A goal each from each half of the meeting ensured the Libyans cruise to convincing victory in the reverse fixture.
The encounter saw coach of the side Imama Amapakabo parade an all foreign-based midfielders that include Arsenal’s Kelechi Nwakali, Liverpool’s Taiwo Awoniyi, Villareal’s Samuel Chukwueze among others from the start of the game.