Victor Osimhen's hat trick secures 2020 Olympics ticket for Nigeria
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Victor Osimhen’s hat trick secures 2020 Olympics ticket for Nigeria

Victor Osimhen sends Nigeria through to U23 AFCON finals

Super Eagles invitee and Man-of-the match, Victor Osimhen’s hat trick ensured Nigeria progressed in their bid to secure 2020 Olympic ticket, in Tokyo, Japan.

The team have also qualified for the next African Cup of Nation finals in Egypt later this year.

The Dream Team VII humiliated Libya 4-0 at the regulation after a tough first half that ended 1-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

Nigeria’s U23 team had last Wednesday lost 0-2 to Libya in Tunisia but turned the table against the stubborn Libyan as the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts.

The Dream Team VII had four goal attempts rejected by hitting the woodwork in the first half but got it right in the second round as Osimhen’s double and super-sub David Okereke completed the 3-0 second half rout in front of the home fans.

Nigeria now qualified for the 3rd U23 African Cup of Nations coming up in November in Egypt.

Nigeria are the defending champions of the U23 African Nations Cup.

The Dream team are four million naira (N4 million) richer now as Super Eagles stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa promised One million naira per goal.

The 4-2 aggregates win over Libya will enable the team to compete at the final round of qualifiers in three months’ time as well make Nigeria eligible to defend her title in Egypt, and thus able to fight for an Olympics ticket.

Africa’s three flagbearers at the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo will emerge from the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt in November.

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