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Nigeria’s hopes of qualifying for the Paris 2023 Olympics are dashed by Guinea

Tuesday's second leg of the Nigeria U-23 Eagles' qualifying match for the 2023 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations ended in a 2-0 loss to Guinea.

Tuesday’s second leg of the Nigeria U-23 Eagles’ qualifying match for the 2023 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations ended in a 2-0 loss to Guinea.

The Olympic Eagles were kept to a scoreless stalemate by the Guineans in the first leg on Wednesday of last week at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja due to their inability to breach their defense.

The Nigerians, who were playing on a neutral field while hoping Salisu Yusuf’s hastily put together team can gain an advantage in the second leg in Morocco, were on a tightrope because the Olympic Eagles’ matchup didn’t go as planned.

Algassime Bah and Alseny Soumah for the youthful National Elephants scored two goals for Guinea after a dull stalemate in the first half. As a consequence, Guinea qualified for the U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco with an overall score of 2-0.

Nigeria, on the other hand, hopes to attend the Football competition of the 2024 Olympics in Paris after failing to qualify for this year’s U23 Africa Cup of Nations. This development signifies a back-to-back absence from the international athletic extravaganza.

Nigeria, the champions of the Olympics’ 1996 football competition in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, did not participate in the competition’s final iteration in 2020. John Obi Mikel, a former Super Eagles captain, led the squad to a bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The top three rated nations will represent Africa in Paris 2024 in the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which will take place in Morocco this June.


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