Dream Team To Face Congo-Brazaville In Olympic Qualifier
Written by Taiwo Adediran on June 1, 2015
The Dream Team VI will now face Congo-Brazzaville for a place at the African U-23 Championship after the Red Devils eliminated Ghana’s Black Meteors in the penultimate round of qualifiers for the African Championship which serves as the Olympic Games qualifiers.
Both Congo and Ghana went into Sunday’s return leg in Pointe Noire hopeful, but the hosts scored to tie the fixture and then went on to score all their five kicks in the ensuing penalty shoot-out, while Ghana missed one.
The handwriting was always on the wall for the Black Meteors after they could only win the first leg 1-0 in Tamale the previous weekend, and they were dealt a blow by a Congolese side coached by Claude LeRoy, a former Coach of Ghana’s senior team.
Victory means old warhorse Claude LeRoy, a Frenchman, will face Nigeria again, after leading the Congolese senior team that qualified for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of the Super Eagles.
However, Samson Siasia’s team eliminated Gabon and Zambia in the race for a place at the 11th All-Africa Games and he will most probably have the full complement of the players he wants from the U-20 squad before the fixture in July.
Ghana was followed out of the race by Cameroon, meaning two of the continent’s most illustrious teams at this level have been bundled out and will not be at the 2016 Olympic Games.