Algeria and Nigeria reach U23 Nations Cup semi-finals….

Algeria and Nigeria drew 0-0 in their final Group B match of the Under 23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal to make it through to the semi-finals and keep their Olympic hopes alive. The result in Dakar was enough for both teams to qualify with Algeria finishing top of the group and Nigeria ending as runners-up. Egypt’s faint hopes of progressing were dashed after they lost 1-0 to Mali in the other Group B match in M’Bour after Ragab Abdelnabi scored an own-goal in the 18th minute. Saturday’s results mean the semi-final line-up is complete. Nigeria will play the Group A winners Senegal, whilst Algeria will take on the Group A runners-up South Africa. Both semi-finals will be played on Wednesday 9 December. The tournament also serves as a qualifying competition for next year’s Olympic Games with the top three finishers booking a place in Rio.

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