EXCL | CAF U23 Championship: Bello delighted with first win

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Nigeria’s U-23 defender, Zaharaddeen Bello is delighted with the Dream Team VI victory over West African neighbours Mali yesterday and reveals that the Samson Siasia side is focus ahead of their next game against Egypt.

The youngster who finished last season with Kano Pillars in the just concluded Nigerian Professional Football League played all 90 minutes as Nigeria saw a 3-0 first half lead end in a narrow 3-2 victory.

Former Shooting Stars of Ibadan forward Junior Ajayi scored a brace while Usman Mohammed got one but the French speaking West African side rallied well in the second period to record two strikes via Souleymane Sissoko and a penalty by Adama Niane.

Speaking exclusively to football366 after the match Bello said: ‘I feel a lot a joy for the win against Mali. I wasn’t surprised that we scored three times in the first half because we knew we can do it, so for us it was normal.’

When asked if the team panicked when their opponent netted twice in the second half, he said: ‘We need gave up because we knew we had the qualities to win the game and that is what happened.’

Ahead of their second group match against Egypt, Bello admits that they need to keep their concentration to the maximum to come out tops.

‘We need maximum concentration from first minute to the end against Egypt but we have no special plans for them, we’ll just take each game as they come. However, am 100% sure that this team can win the competition,’ he added.

The match between Nigeria and Egypt will take place at the Caroline Faye stadium, Mbour on December 2.