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Ehiosun shoots Dream Team to victory in Malabo
|By Tunde Eludini
April 11, 2011 02:29AM
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A sensational hat trick from Warri Wolves striker, Ekigho Ehiosun and another strike by Leicester City’s forward, Danny Uchechi yesterday ensured a comprehensive 4-1 victory for Nigeria’s Olympic team in their second leg Olympic qualifying match with Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.
With this victory, the national U-23 team, Dream Team have eased into the second round of the African qualifying series for the 2012 Olympic Games men’s football tournament, 9-1 on aggregate after previously recording a 5-0 win in Benin a fortnight ago.
Ehiosun scored the first goal of the match in the 29th minute when a penalty kick by Danny Uchechi rebounded off the goalkeeper into play.
Uchechi however made up for his howler when he scored the second goal for Nigeria in first-half stoppage time, just before Ghanaian referee William Agbovi signalled for half time.
Ehiosun made it 3-0 for Nigeria after 64 minutes when he rounded the goalkeeper to score and added another six minutes later, rounding the goalkeeper to score minutes after Gbolahan Salami had missed what looked like a certain goal.
The team would have to wait for the draw by CAF to know their opponents for the second round which comes up in June.
The eight winners from the second round would then be hosted in one of the eight countries for the final qualifying tournament that comes up December 2-18, 2011. The top three teams would then qualify to fly Africa’s flag at the 2012 Olympics in London next year summer.
Elsewhere on the continent, leading African football nations Ghana and Cameroon made shock early exits. Ghana came from behind to hold Sudan 1-1 in Khartoum but that was not enough to undo the damage of a 1-0 first-leg loss at home two weeks ago.
Sydney 2000 gold medallist, Cameroon were also sent out of the race as they lost 4-3 to Tanzania in a penalty shoot out in Dar es Salaam. South Africa forced a 0-0 draw with Libya in Bamako and thus advanced on the strength of a 4-2 home victory, recorded a fortnight ago.
Egypt, who have represented Africa a record 12 times at Olympic football tournaments since 1924, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Tunisia also advanced to the third round.