By Sab Osuji:
Peter Rufai, a former Super Eagles goalkeeper has voiced his optimism that Samson Siasia's Dream Team will overcome Algeria on Saturday in the final of the 2015 CAF U-23 AFCON and win the trophy for the first time, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Rufai told Completesportsnigeria.com that his confidence stemmed from the fact that the Nigerian team have raised their game and that Coach Siasia is an attacking minded coach.
"Siasia has played against several other teams in the competition, including this same Algeria and knows how they play. So he can vary his attacking options", offers Rufai who is called 'Dodo Mayana' by his admirers.
"Siasia is an attacking minded coach, the team has improved in their performances so far in the competition and having met Algeria earlier in the group phase and known how they play, I've no doubt the dream Team will win.
"I'm very confident about that, they are no longer under pressure since they have gotten the Olympics ticket so they can settle down and play and enjoy their normal game," Rufai explains.
Saturday's U-23 AFCON final at the Sedar Senghor Stadium, Dakar, Senegal, will be the third meeting between the two countries.
In 2011 in Tanger, Morocco, Nigeria prevailed 4-1 in the last group A match of the inaugural edition of the CAF U-23 AFCON, with goals from Raheem Lawal who scored a brace while Uchechi Daniel completed the rout three minutes before the final whistle.
The two sides crossed each other's path in the final Group B match of the ongoing 2015 U-23 AFCON in Senegal which ended on a scoreless.