The Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles began the race towards the defence of their African Under-23 title on a sour note as they lost 0-2 defeat to their Libyan counterparts in Tunisia.

The match played in Tunis was a first round first leg encounter in the qualification series.

The Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles team was aiming to replicate their achievements of 2016.

The team featuring the likes of Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi, Kelechi Nwakali, Azubuike Okechukwu and Dennis Bonaventure had an early setback by conceding a goal after five minutes.

They however settled into the game gradually to control possession with a dominant midfield play, but found it hard to crack their opponents defence.