Algeria and Nigeria reach U23 Nations Cup semi-finals

The Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations trophy

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.

Final Group B standings after 3 matches:
Algeria 5 pts Q
Nigeria 5 pts Q
Mali 3 pts
Egypt 2 pts

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.