By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles midfielder Friday Ekpo has heaped plaudits on the Nigeria U23s on their qualification to the men’s football event of the 2015 All Africa Games.
Samson Siasia’s team defeated their Zambian opponents 2-1 in Lusaka on Sunday to qualify for the Games which will hold September 3-18 in Brazaville, Congo.
“I want to salute the team for the victory and their qualification for the All Africa Games.
“I was always confident of their ability to get a win in Lusaka.
“One lesson to be taken from our rather difficult qualifying campaigns is that all teams and matches must be taken seriously,” Ekpo tells Completesportsportsnigeria.com.
Eight teams are billed to take part in the Games but Cote d’ Ivoire and South Africa are the biggest casualties as they failed to qualify for the competition.
Nigeria’s two goals were scored by Flying Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi in the 34th and 86th minutes.
The Super Falcons will also participate in the Games courtesy of their 8-0 whitewash of Mali in their second leg qualifier on Friday at the Abuja National Stadium.