Dream Team : Nigeria’s U23 Dream team will take on Libya in the 1st leg, 1st round of the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Bengerdan Stadium in Tunisia on Wednesday, 20th March.
The Olympic Eagles are also the defending champions of the Africa U23 Cup of Nations.
The Bengerdan Stadium has an artificial turf and the match will start at 3pm Tunisia time, hence The Nigeria will land at the Djerba International Airport, which is 20 minutes’ drive to the town.
Libya are yet to play international matches at home due to the after-effects of the Arab Spring political turmoil that began in 2011. This made the country’s senior team, Mediterranean Knights hosted the Super Eagles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in October 2018, in Sfax, Tunisia.
Nigeria is the only African country to have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. Gold was the harvest at the Centennial Games in Atlanta, USA, and silver came in Beijing, China in 2008. The bronze medal was won by the Olympic Eagles in Brazil in 2016.
Africa’s flag-bearers in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of Tokyo 2020 will emerge during the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt in November this year.