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Kanu, Ikpeba salute U-23 Eagles, Siasia

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Former Super Eagles stars, Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Ikpeba have commended Coach Samson Siasia and his players for qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Warri Wolves forward Etebo Oghenekaro scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the second half as Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles defeated Senegal 1-0 in the semifinal of the U-23 AFCON on Wednesday.

Kanu was the captain of the original Dream Team who won a historic Olympic football gold medal at Atlanta in 1996 and he said he is now looking forward to a great outing at the next Olympics for the team.

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“Congrats Siasia and your coaching staff and congrats to the players. Weldone and let’s go to Brazil and do our country proud,” Kanu tweeted.

Ikpeba who was also a member of the 1996 squad said, “the U-23 Eagles and Samson Siasia should be celebrated as true heroes for their feat against Senegal. This team might not be the best but they have done well by qualifying for the Olympics.”

Ikpeba added that, “We all need to support the team because they have what it takes to win the tournament.”

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