Kingsley Sokari and Junior Ajayi scored a goal apiece to give Nigeria’s U-23 football team; the Dream Team VI, maximum points on Wednesday as they defeated Ghana’s U-23 side 2-0 in their first game of the football event of the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo.
The Dream Team were supposed to commence their campaign on 6 September but their opponents; Egypt withdrew from the event.
Clear cut opportunities were difficult to come by in the game and it wasn’t until the 32nd minute that either side created the first choice.
The lively Daniel Etor delivered a brilliant free kick into the area but Oghenekaro Etebo who found himself at the end of the set piece headed wide.
That miss by Etebo sparked the Nigeria side into life and a minute later, Samson Siasia’s men almost took the lead.
Kingsley Sokari and Junior Ajayi exchanged passes delightfully but the Shooting Stars man fluffed his lines.
Nigeria continued to dominate after the break and took the lead in the 55th minute through Ajayi who finished with aplomb after the unstoppable Etor supplied the assist.
Aminu Umar almost scored on the hour but the Ghanaian defence cleared at the opportune moment with the Nigerian forward poised to shoot.
Sokari scored Nigeria’s second goal in the 87th minute as Nigeria won with a flourish.
The Dream Team will next face Senegal on 12 September in their final Group game.