U-23 AFCON: Aluko, Iwobi Celebrate Nigeria’s Olympic Ticket

Hull City forward Sone Aluko has hailed players of the U-23 Eagles for qualifying for next year's Rio Olympic Games.

The U-23 Eagles put behind a poor group stage performance to beat hosts Senegal 1-0 in the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

Stand-in skipper Oghenekaro Etebo converted a 77th minute penalty after Ousseynou Thioune handled the ball in the 18-yard box.

Aluko went on to praise coach Samson Siasia.

"Fantastic achievement. Well done to the boys and my former u20 coach Siasia!" he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Also delighted to see Nigeria pick one of the three tickets for the Olympics is Arsenal teenager Alex Iwobi.

Iwobi who was listed in the provisional squad for the competition in Senegal tweeted: "Congrats To Nigeria U-23s Qualifying, Proud Of My Nation."

Siasialed Dream Team to the 2008 Beijing Olympics but lost out in the final to Argentina by a lone goal.

The tournament will be held from the 5 to 21 August 2016.

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