AFCON U-23 champs return today

Players and officials of the victorious U-23 National Team, which lifted the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations on Saturday night, will be arriving Nigeria  on  Monday.

CHAMPIONS... Victorious CAF U-23, AFCON Champions, Nigeria’s Dream Tream celebrate after defeating Algeria in the final, Saturday night.
CHAMPIONS… Victorious CAF U-23, AFCON Champions, Nigeria’s Dream Tream celebrate after defeating Algeria in the final, Saturday night.

Also the Algeria U-23  coach Pierre-André Schurmann expressed his frustration after falling 1-2 to Nigeria in the final of the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Na spot on 14 minutes, before seeing his teammate Segun Oduduwa head the ball into his own net to revive Algeria’s hopes of continental glory on the half-an-hour mark.

According to the team’s itinerary,  the Dream Team  will be departing the Leopold Senghor International Airport today at 3am aboard an ARIK Airline flight, and is expected to touch down at the Murtala  Mohammed  International Airport, Lagos by 9am. The group will then board another ARIK airline flight to Abuja.

Meanwhile, all three overseas –based professionals,  namely  Captain Azubuike Okechukwu and forwards Junior Ajayi and Taiwo Awoniyi have returned to their different clubs and will not be part of the delegation arriving Nigeria.

All three players departed for their bases immediately after the Dream Team returned to its Alafifa Hotel  base  from the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor on Saturday night.

Algerian coach laments loss

Algeria U-23  coach Pierre-André Schurmann expressed his frustration after falling 1-2 to Nigeria in the final of the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Na spot on 14 minutes, before seeing his teammate Segun Oduduwa head the ball into his own net to revive Algeria’s hopes of continental glory on the half-an-hour mark.

But Etebo completed a brace just before half-time to help Nigeria to the roof of Africa.

We all feel a great frustration, as we are aware that we came close to achieving a feat. But we handed our opponents the victory,” Schurmann lamented after the match.

The goals Nigeria scored, we gave it to them. At this level, you pay the price for your mistakes.

We had a poor start, but we came back into the match, we equalized and even took control. But we missed the penalty as well as many other chances.

I am frustrated because we could have done much better. But I am pleased with my team and my players. We have to congratulate them.”

Algeria U-23 will, however, compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio alongside Nigeria and third-placed South Africa.

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