Nigeria, who in 1996 became the first African team to win Olympic Gold, will not feature at next year’s Olympics in Paris after they were bundled out tonight by Guinea.
Guinea stopped Nigeria 2-0 in a second leg of the playoffs after both teams played out a scoreless draw in the first game in Abuja last week.
Guinea thus advanced 2-0 on aggregate to the U23 AFCON in Morocco, which will also serve as the qualifying series for the Paris Olympics.
Forced to play their home games in Morocco, Guinea stepped up in second half after a goalless first half in Rabat.
The U23 Syli Stars scored twice after the break to carry the day amid widespread allegations against coach Salisu Yusuf and his assistants.
Many of the call-ups for the playoffs were dubious and it was not a huge surprise they failed to go past a team who reached this round of the qualifiers after Uganda pulled out.
Nigeria also failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympics football event in Tokyo, Japan.