|Nigeria U-23 Captain with the trophy.|
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has praised the team brilliance and calmness towards securing the AFCON CHAMPIONSHIP TICKET, and also the Rio 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES. Scheduled for Brazil next year.
Meanwhile in the we other final, South Africa defeated host Senegal 3-1 on penalties to win the third place match after both teams ended the encounter goalless at regulation time.
And President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick, in a statement posted on the federation’s website, expressed his delight to see the Nigerian team lift the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Dakar, Senegal.
“This is another reason to celebrate; we are delighted.
“But we give a lot of credit to the players and the officials, led by Coach Samson Siasia, because they showed exceptional perseverance and unyielding spirit to do the nation proud.
“The NFF has a special praise for Coach Siasia; he was strong mentally and never lost focus, even in the face of odds. He deserves every encomium,’’ Pinnick is quoted as saying.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) this triumph is the fourth major trophy in the 14-month life of the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF.
The titles are the Super Falcons’ 2014 African Women Championship and the Flying Eagles’ Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations win in Senegal earlier in the year.
The third triumph is the Golden Eaglets’ successful retention of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile in November.