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Nigeria have become the first African side to book their ticket to the 2016 Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, after their CAF Africa U-23 Cup of Nations semi-final win against Senegal, FiFa.com has reported.
The 1996 Gold Medal winners emerged victorious thanks to a 1-0 result, with Nigeria captain Otebo Oghenekaro scoring in the 76th minute from the penalty spot. A missed penalty just before the break by Senegal's Ibrahima Keita kept the tie goalless going into the second half and it remained a tense affair all the way to the final whistle with Oghenekaro's finish from 12 yards the only separation between the two sides.
The second semi-final sees Algeria take on South Africa with the former hoping to return to the Olympic stage for the first time in almost three decades, with Bafana Bafana looking to reach their first Olympic Football Tournament since Sydney 2000.
Senegal will face the defeated semi-finalist in a third place play-off on Saturday to determine Africa's final representative at Rio 2016.
CONGRATULATIONS NIGERIA! @thenff have qualified for the @Rio2016_en Men's Olympic Football Tournament #AFCON_U23 pic.twitter.com/7YHRDU5CVv— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) December 9, 2015
FT Senegal 0-1 Nigeria. Dream Team VI have qualified for the football event of @Rio2016 . Big Congratulations!!! #SoarDreamTeamVI #SENNGA— The NFF (@thenff) December 9, 2015