Nigeria’s U-23 national team will begin their quest to feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games when they meet Libya in the first leg of the African U-23 Nations Cup qualifiers in Tunisia today.Today’s match is the first leg of the qualifying tie for the African U-23 championship, which gives the semifinalists direct ticket to Tokyo 2020.
Nigeria is the U-23 Nations Cup defending champions having won the last edition in Senegal in 2015. They are playing in Tunisia because Libya play all their matches in the North African nation due to the political crisis in their country.
Today’s match will kick off by 3.00 p.m. Nigerian time on the artificial turf of the Ben Guerdane Stadium in the city of Ben Guerdane. On call for the Nigerian team, led by former Enugu Rangers Coach, Imama Amapakabo are some of the best legs in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), including Lobi Stars’ trio of John Lazarus, Ugochukwu Anumudu and Ebube Duru, Enyimba’s Dare Olatunji and Stephen Egbe, and Wikki Tourists’ goalie Adamu Abubakar, among others.
There are also former world U-17 champions, Taiwo Awoniyi, Kelechi Nwakali, Kingsley Michael, Orji Okonkwo, Chidera Ezeh and Samuel Chukwueze. They are among the Europe–based stars Amapakabo chose to fortify his side. The game would be overseen by CAF Ghanaian officials led Daniel Laryea as referee. Acheampong Brobbey is the assistant referee 1, while Emmanuel Allou is assistant referee 2 and Adaar Abdul Latif is the fourth official. Amir Osman Mohamed Amid from Sudan is the match commissioner. Read more