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No panic; Nigeria can’t be eliminated by big Uganda, Angola wins

2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations

(Dar es Salaam, 14–28 April 2019)

Results:

Thursday, April 18:

Cameroon 2-1 Morocco – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Senegal 1-2 Guinea – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Wednesday, April 17:

Group ‘A’:

Nigeria 1-0 Angola – (National Stadium)

Tanzania 0-3 Uganda – (National Stadium)

Monday, April 15:

Group ‘B’:

Guinea 0-2 Cameroun – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Morocco 1-1 Senegal – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Sunday, April 14:

Group ‘A’:

Tanzania 4-5 Nigeria – (National Stadium)

Angola 1-0 Uganda – (National Stadium)

Fixtures:

Saturday, April 20

Group ‘A’:

16.00: Tanzania v Angola –  (National Stadium)

16.00: Nigeria v Uganda – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Sunday, April 21

Group ‘B’:

16.00: Guinea v Morocco –  (National Stadium)

16.00: Cameroon v Senegal – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

NIGERIA, five-time world champions have are qualified for the next event in Brazil and will be wary of what might happen in the last two matches of Group ‘A’ today (Saturday) in the 2019 U17 AFCON in Dar es Salaam.

After two victories so far, even if they lose today, the Nigerian Golden Eagles can still make the semi-finals at qualification. But that will depend on how big wins by Uganda’s (versus Nigeria) and Angola’s against Tanzania would be. On three points each, Uganda and Angola could equal the six points of Nigeria and better the goals difference if they came off with huge wins. The Nigeria wins were narrow — 5-4 v Tanzania and 1-0 over Angola.

Nigeria's Golden Eagles, ... six points in Group 'A' but not yet guaranteed their sixth appearance in the U17 FIFA World Cup. Have all to play for against Uganda at National Stadium, Dar es Salaam today (Saturday). TOP: Nigeria against Angola on April 17

Nigeria’s Golden Eagles, … six points in Group ‘A’ but not yet guaranteed their sixth appearance in the U17 FIFA World Cup. Have all to play for against Uganda at National Stadium, Dar es Salaam today (Saturday). TOP: Nigeria against Angola on April 17

Uganda can pip Nigeria to the top of the table with just a 1-0 win but Angola even if they beat Tanzania 3-0 for a better goal difference than Nigeria cannot qualify over the Green Eagles. The Angolans lost 0-1 to Nigeria in their pool tie and therefore the Green Eagles edge them out on a head-to-head decision.  The only passage for Angola is is Nigeria to beat Uganda, eliminating them.  Crucially,  in case of teams tying on points, the tie-break is based on; first, points in head-to-head matches among tied teams; then  goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams. There will be all to play for by everyone except the eliminated Tanzania Serengeti Boys.

In Group ‘B’, Cameroon have qualified for the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup for only the second time — first in 2003 — their six points being unassailable by all the other three teams with a chance to grab the second slot. The group concludes on Sunday with Guinea taking on Morocco and Senegal hoping to upset Cameroon in order to go over.

Uganda's prayers before their last match in which they whipped Tanzania 3-0. They need a big win over Nigeria to qualify for the semi-finals and earn a place in the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Uganda’s prayers before their last match in which they whipped Tanzania 3-0. They need a big win over Nigeria to qualify for the semi-finals and earn a place in the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Group ‘A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Nigeria 2 2 0 0 6 4 +2 6 Knockout stage and
2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2  Angola 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3[a]
3  Uganda 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3[a]
4  Tanzania (H) 2 0 0 2 4 8 −4 0

Cameroon 2-1 Morocco

At Azam Sports Complex, Chamazi on Thursday Cameroon grabbed their 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup place via a come-from-behind win over Morocco and enter the semi-finals of the 2019 U17 AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations).

After conceding in 22nd minutes, thanks to a brace from forward Seidou Ismael, Cameroon will be returning to the FIFA event only for the second time, their debut being in 2003.

Cameroon (left) race towards 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup with victory over Morocco and semi-final place at the 2019 U17 AFCON at Chamazi

Cameroon (left) race towards 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup with victory over Morocco and semi-final place at the 2019 U17 AFCON at Chamazi

Even though Cameroon dominated in the opening quarter of an hour, Morocco seemed to confirm their pre-match favourite tag when striker Tawfik Bentayeb beat goalie Manfred Ekoi for the time in the tournament.

All the way to the break, the Moroccans were cruising comfortably towards the semifinals but a determined Cameroon, with resourceful Steve Mvoue orchestrating all offensive moves, turned the tide in the second half.

Coming on as substitute, winger Ismael Seidou, picking up from a Mvoue feed struck level in the 72nd minute. Then in the 92nd Seidou took advantage of a Moroccan defensive error to seal earn full marks.

Former Cameroon international midfielder Thomas Libih, who played in the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup will thus be taking his team of Baby Lions to Brazil in October.

Senegal and Guinea still in contention for a place in the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup

Senegal and Guinea still in contention for a place in the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup

Senegal 1-2 Guinea

Guinea also came from behind to beat Senegal 2-1 in the other Group ‘B’ on Thursday at the Azam Complex, Chamazi. Goals from Algassime Bah and Momo Fanye Toure in either half were enough for Guinea to get maximum points, whilst Samba Diallo scored the consolidation for Senegal.

Senegal had the chance of scoring the opener after just two minutes but Pape Sarr’s shot inside the box was deflected to corner. Then Diallo struck in the 11th minute, his shot coming from outside the box to leave Guinea goalie, Sekou Camara hapless. Senegal lost two more opportunities to double their tally inside the 20th minutes through Diallo and Mouhamadou Diaw.

Guinea leveled in the 33rd minute when Bah went past Senegalese defenders and fired a shot that beat goalkeeper El Hadji Gueye. Guinea suffered a blow two minutes after the break when Mahmoud Ben Bangoura was sent off for a second yellow card offense after he fouled Senegal forward, Diaw outside the box.

Camara was on hand to deny Senegal in the 62nd minute to lower the pressure on his side. At the other end, bah came close to putting Guinea up but his effort was no trouble for Senegal goalie, Gueye.

Introduced in the 73rd minute for Conte Aboubacar, Toure scored the match winner for Guinea 10 minutes to time to revive their hopes of going to the semi-final. Bah nearly made it three four minutes to time but his shot hit the post to return to play.

Group ‘B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon (Q) 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Knockout stage and
2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2  Guinea 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
3  Morocco 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
3  Senegal 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1

 

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and Agencies

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