Nigeria’s Under-23 team, popularly known as the Dream Team have been placed in a group of death that consist of Ivory Coast, South Africa and Zambia for the 2019 African Under-23 Championships to be staged in Egypt from November 8-22.
Recall that Nigeria qualified for the group stage of the competition after mauling Sudan 5-1 on aggregate. The team lost the first leg 1-0 in Sudan before winning the second leg 5-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium. Interestingly, Nigeria are the only one of the eight-team field to have lifted the trophy before, which they have managed in 2015, while South Africa and Egypt are the only other sides to have appeared in the knockout rounds.
Hosts Egypt are the top seeds in Group A and they have a part of debutants at the championships in their pool in Cameroon and Ghana. Mali are the fourth team.