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Nigeria have most to prove in Dar as all four head to U17 FIFA World Cup

2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations

(Dar es Salaam, 14–28 April 2019)

Fixtures:

Wednesday, April 24

Semifinals:

16.00: Nigeria v Guinea –  (National Stadium)

19.30: Cameroon v Angola – (National Stadium)

Preliminary:

Results:

Sunday, April 21

Group ‘B’:

Guinea 1-0 Morocco –  (National Stadium)

Cameroon 0-0 Senegal – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

Saturday, April 20

Group ‘A’:

Tanzania 2-4 Angola –  (National Stadium)

Nigeria 1-1 Uganda – (Azam Complex, Chamazi)

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 Cameroon – (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)

NIGERIA, Guinea, Cameroon and Angola have all qualified for the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in October and the small matter of the semi-finals at the ongoing U17 AFCON (African Cup of Nations) in Dar es Salaam becomes interesting.

The only first-timers, Angola, are the team who will be considering their qualification as optimum realization of a dream. Others like Nigeria, the five-time world champion will not have that luxury of going through the motions in tomorrow’s (Wednesday) semi-finals. If they are considering themselves as possible 2019 world champions, Nigeria must prove to Africa in Dar es Salaam that they are the top dogs by going all the way to win the African title in the Final here on Sunday (April 28).

In the semis, Nigeria play Guinea, another very successful African side at the U17 FIFA World Cup. No one wants to lose this one; victory will mean everything to maintain momentum towards Brazil in October and keep the bragging rights. Guinea was fourth at their World Cup debut in 1985 before attending four other editions – 1989, ’95, 2015 and ’17.

Guinea (in white) battle with Senegal in a Group 'B' match at the Azam Sports Complex, Chamazi

Guinea (in white) battle with Senegal in a Group ‘B’ match at the Azam Sports Complex, Chamazi. TOP: Cameroon’s Ricky Ngatchou Kamtchouang (No. 3) faces Morocco at Chamazi

In the second semi, Cameroon as one-time participants at the World Cup — 2003 — and will regard themselves superior to debutants Angola. However, what a confidence it would be for Angola to pick up before Brazil if they could dump Cameroon and make the Sunday Final. So, there will be all to play for and watch at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam; even for the disappointed home followers of the national team, Serengeti Boys, who failed to make the knock-out stage demoralizing a hugely expectant Tanzania citizenry.

Meanwhile, it is all about watching the four African representatives at the U17 FIFA World Cup and imagining how they will look in Brazil in October.

Guinea 1-0 Morocco

Guinea made certain of their 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup Finals ticket in Brazil after a lone goal victory over Morocco in their ultimate Group ‘B’ match of the U17 AFCON, on Sunday at the Azam Sports Complex, Chamazi in Dar es Salaam.

The ‘Junior Sylis’, as the Guinea youngsters are known [the senior national team being known as ‘Syli Nationale’] ,  joined Group ‘B’ leaders Cameroon, who booked their place after the penultimate round of matches last Thursday. Nigeria and Angola had been through from Group ‘A’.

Substitute Momo Fanye scored the only goal as Guinea overpowered Morocco whilst Cameroon and Senegal settled for a barren draw in the other Group ‘B’ clash at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.

Cameroon finished atop of the group with seven points, one more than Guinea, Senegal on two points and Morocco at the depth with just a point from three matches.

In the Guinea/Morocco clash, it was Morocco who controlled the game in the opening minutes with Saad Bahir and Bilal Ouacharaf having shots at goal. But  quickly adjusted to dominate most of the first half, creating four chances that could have given them the lead had their forwards been potent in front of goal.

Both teams came back from the break with caution and played attentively not to concede. Coming off the bench to replace Mohamed Lamine in the 58th minute, Guinea striker, Momo Fanye scored the opener after just six minutes on the pitch.

Despite trailing, Morocco goalie,Taha Mourid continued with his fine form in the game, denying Aboubacar Conte and Fanye efforts to double the lead for Guinea, with superb saves in the 70th and 74th minute respectively.

What they said:

Mohamed Camara – Head coach, Guinea:

“I want to congratulate all the team for what we have done since the first day here. For those that believe we didn’t play well especially from home, we take those critics and will keep pushing. I also congratulate the Morocco coach because they did well and had good plans for the game but we were much better and outplayed them.”

Jamal Sellami – Head coach, Morocco:

“I want to congratulate coach Mohamed Camara for the qualification, and I hope they will do well in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. We had number of players that are out due to injuries and we used some inexperience players today. We tried our best; unfortunately for Guinea were much better physically and we could not match their strengths. All in all I am very happy about my team because they played good football and kept trying.”

André Sebastiao 'Zito' Luvumbo (No. 10) one of Angola’s most valuable players celebrates a goal with teammates Antonio Jose (3) and Telson Tome

André Sebastiao ‘Zito Luvumbo (No. 10) one of Angola’s most valuable players celebrates a goal with teammates Antonio Jose (3) and Telson Tome

Meanwhile among the stand-out aspects of the U17 AFCON here in Tanzania is the emergence of budding talent. Amongst them is Angola forward, Zito Luvumbo. The teenager has been a delight to watch, scoring the only goal in their opening Group ‘A’ match against Uganda at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam, and was deservingly voted Man-of-the-Match in that clash.

The Angola No. 10 has been a nightmare to defenders and influential in the “Palanquinhas” qualification to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

Ahead of their semi-final clash against Cameroon on Wednesday, Luvumbo opened up to CAFOnline.com on his performances:

Cafonline: How was the feeling to be named Man-of-the-Match in your opening game of the tournament?

Zito Luvumbo: It was a great moment for me. I was happy that I had a good game against Uganda, capping it up with the Man-of-the-Match award. It was a tough game in the beginning and was not easy for us. We fought on, we kept pushing until the last minute and I am happy that we walked away with maximum points.

Q: After the win against Uganda, you lost to Nigeria in the next game. What went wrong?

A: Actually, both games were tough. Against Uganda, we started a bit slow. The opponents were very tough and hard to beat but we had to change our style. The big difference is that we won the first game and lost the second. We saw Nigeria play and we tried to push harder but things didn’t go on way. However, such moments happen in a tournament, and we kept the spirit until the last game.

Q: Individually, what is your ambition for this tournament?

A: I am not much worried about the individual achievement; I am much concerned about our collective desire. I need to contribute my part to help us realize our dreams. Then individual recognitions will come later. Our ambition was to qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup, and we are excited to have achieved that.

Q: What are your expectations?

A: Before we came to Tanzania, we had a vision and expectations of a tough tournament. I was not in the squad back then, but I am glad that they saw me in the final days and I was included. The vision we had about the tournament is the same, nothing much has changed. We knew it will be of high standard and that’s what is happening here.

Q: Do you think you will be a changed person after this tournament?

A: Currently, I play for Primero de Agosto back home. You never know where this tournament will take me after but I will keep pushing. I need to do the same and work towards my goals.

Uganda’s Ghanaian coach calls for an expanded U17 AFCON finals

Uganda made their bow at the U17 Total Africa Cup of Nations in Tanzania under the watch of Ghana-born coach Samuel Fabin Paa Kwesi. However, the Ugandans are nicknamed crashed out at the group stage, but coach Kwesi is already counting the benefits of the experience.

His interview with CAFOnline.com:

CAFOnline.com: What are your impressions of the U17 Africa Cup of Nations

Samuel Paa Kwesi: It has been amazing. We (Uganda) started the game and it’s unfortunate we couldn’t go beyond the group stage. In our match against Nigeria, we had chances to beat Nigeria but we didn’t capitalize on them. We took advantage of the lack of concentration in their defense to score the opener but we couldn’t defend it. I think among other teams, Nigeria is the best and they can win the trophy.

Uganda coach Samuel Fabin Paa Kwesi ... Nigeria have a good team and can with this trophy. We should also have a 16-team tournament to involve more youth

Uganda coach Samuel Fabin Paa Kwesi … Nigeria have a good team and can with this trophy. We should also have a 16-team tournament to involve more youth

A number of talents have emerged. I can single out Akinkunmi Amoo from Nigeria, Zito Luvumbo from Angola and Gavin Kizito from my team. The challenge ahead is that we need to monitor them and help them to thrive to the higher level. We need to develop them.

Q: What was motivation for accepting the Uganda few weeks to the tournament?

A: My ambition is to develop these players. At this level, winning trophies is not the priority; however sometimes there are pressures from external sources and diverts the real objectives. At this level we need to groom talents and develop them.

I want to improve the system of scouting talents in Uganda. I want us to get best talents and put them together, to monitor and develop them. I am ready to give my best to Uganda and I believe it will work out.

Q: How crucial is the U17 AFCON to the development of players and African football in general?

A: It is very positive. It helps a lot in grooming new talents every time. The introduction of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was a perfect idea, now youngsters of the same age play together. It gives these young players a platform to showcase their talents and compete at the top level with their compatriots from other countries. The idea of zonal qualifiers is very good also. However, I think the tournament needs more innovations. I would recommend an increase to 16 teams from the current eight. These boys need to play more competitive games.

Q: You achieved a lot with Ghana U17 team, what are secrets behind these achievements?

A: In Ghana, it’s a bit easy to work at this level. The players are self-motivated and focused. They see football as a good way of taking them out of poverty. There are a lot of football academies with structured youth leagues starting for 12-year olds and above, so it makes things a bit easier.

Q: Why have you chosen to devote a greater part of your career to training youth?

A: Not all! It depends on the demand. For now, I am with Uganda but things can change. I enjoy working on these youth projects because this is where football begins. You need to polish these youngsters to become good players in the future. They have to be able to play at a higher level. Working with youngsters is sometimes a big challenge. You must know that these are kids so they will do mistakes a lot.

There is usually no recognition at this level. You might do wonders but the appreciation and recognition is minimal contrary to the senior teams. The Member Associations tend to focus much on the senior teams and forget about those at the grassroots level. There is big wage difference among senior team coaches and the youth, it doesn’t help.

In Dar es Salaam, squads of African teams qualified for 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup:

Nigeria, five-time U17 FIFA World Cup champions have been to the tournament ... times

Nigeria, five-time U17 FIFA World Cup champions have been to the tournament 11 times

NIGERIA:

1 Sunday Stephen (gk): D.o.B 20.09.2002, Abuja Football College (Nga)

2 Shedrack Tanko (df): 23.06.2003, Ambassadors FC (Nga)

3 David Ogaga Oduko (mf): 11.08.2002, Fresh Talent FC Lagos (Nga)

4 Samson Tijani – captain (mf): 17.05.2002, Unattached (Nga)

5 Clement Ferdinand Ikenna (df): 16.03.2003, A & B Academy Port Harcourt (Nga)

6 David Ishaya (df): 10.10.2002, Abuja Football College (Nga)

7 Olakunle Olusegun (fw): 23.04.2002, Abs FC, Ilorin (Nga)

8 Mayowa Abayomi (fw): 24.08.2002 Oasis FC (Nga)

9 Wisdom Onyedikachi Ubani (fw): 16.05.2003 Giant Brillers FC (Nga)

13 Akinkunmi Amoo (mf): 07.06.2002 Sidos FC (Nga)

14 Olatomi Olaniyan (mf) 05.02.2002 Unattached (Nga)

10 Adrian Akande (fw): 22.10.2003 Chelsea FC (England)

11 Mubaraq Adeshina (mf): 30.01.2002 Abs FC, Ilorin (Nga)

12 Shuaibo Abdulrazaq (mf): 10.11.2003 Oma FC (Nga)

15 Charles Etim (df): 10.10.2003, Blessed Stars Football Academy (Nga)

16 Suleman Shaibu (gk): 28.11.2002, Hofafa FC, Lagos (Nga)

17 Peter Agba (mf): 20.12.2002, Falala Football Academy, Kano (Nga)

18 Divine Nwachukwu (fw) 25.05.2003, Rivertime FC (Nga)

19 Ibraheem Jabaar (mf): 24.10.2002, Olisa Football Club, Ijebu-Ode (Nga)

20 Fawaz Abdullahi (mf): 04.05.2003, B Angels FC (Nga)

21 Joseph Ayomide Oluwabusola (gk): 1.01.2003, Bournemouth FC (England)

Coach: Manu Garba (Nigeria)

Angola, debutants at the U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and exploits in the 2019 U17 AFCON In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Angola, debutants at the U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and exploits in the 2019 U17 AFCON In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

ANGOLA:

12 Geovani Carvalho (gk): 22.06.2002, Cd 1º De Agosto (Ang)

3 Antonio Jose (df): 05.04.2004, Afa (Ang)

4 Domingos Andrade (df): 07.05.2003, Inter Clube De Angola (Ang)

5 Telson Tomé (df): 13.03.2002, Afa (Ang)

7 Osvaldo Capemba (mf): 10.01.2002, Marinha De Guerra De Luanda (Ang)

10 André Sebastiao ‘Zito’ Luvumbo (fw): 09.03.2002, Cd 1º De Agosto (Ang)

11 Abdoul Barri (fw): 07.01.2002, Inter Clube De Angola (Ang)

15 Afonso Binga (df) 23.04.2002, Marinha De Guerra De Luanda (Ang)

16 Benedito Mukendi (mf) 21.05.2002, Petro Atletico De Luanda (Ang)

19 Jose Cabingano – captain (df): 17.09.2002, Petro Atletico De Luanda (Ang)

20 Gaspar Morais (fw): 01.04.2003, Cd 1º De Agosto (Ang)

1 Edmilson Cambila (gk): 16.05.2002, Afa (Ang)

2 Porfirio Abrantes (df): 09.04.2002, Afa (Ang)

6 Antonio Muanza (mf): 04.08.2003, Afa (Ang)

8 Manuel Miguel (mf): 08.07.2002, Petro Atletico De Luanda (Ang)

9 Claudio Francisco (fw): 17.05.2003, Kaizer Chiefs (RSA)

13 Agostinho Pedro (fw): 21.07.2003, Real Sambila (Ang)

14 David Nzanza (fw): 28.09.2003, Inter Clube De Angola (Ang)

17 Francisco Junior (mf): 18.07.2002, Afa (Ang)

18 Rivaldo Cambuta (df): 14.11.2003, Cd 1º De Agosto (Ang)

21 Vicente Pedro (gk): 14.10.2003, Petro Atletico De Luanda (Ang)

Coach: Pedro Valdemar Soares Goncalves (Portugal)

Drenched by rain at Azam Complex, Chamazi before their match with ...., Cameroon were not dampened and went on to qualify for only their second appearance at the U17 FIFA World Cup

Drenched by rain at Azam Complex, Chamazi before their match with …., Cameroon were not dumpened and went on to qualify for only their second appearance at the U17 FIFA World Cup

 CAMEROON:

1 Jacques Mbeubap Mbiandjeu (gk): 19.10.2002,  Ecole De Football Des Brasseries Du Cameroun (Cmr)

3 Ricky Ngatchou Kamtchouang (df): 05.01.2002 , AS Fortuna De Yaounde (Cmr)

4 Daouda Amadou (mf): 02.10.2002, Oyili FC (Cmr)

6 Gael Jordan Dibongue Kingue (mf): 05.01.2003, AS International Academie Sport (Cmr)

11 Yanick Noah (fw): 15.06.2002, Sahel FC De Maroua (Cmr)

13 Severin Ze Essono (df): 21.07.2003, AS International Academie Sport (Cmr)

14 Nassourou Ben Hamed Ndongo (mf): 20.07.2002 AS Dauphine FC (Cmr)

15 Fabrice Ndzie Mezama – captain (df): 27.12.2002, Fondation Tafi De Mbankomo (Cmr)

17 Nelson Djembe (fw): 11.03.2002, Ecole De Football Des Brasseries Du Cameroun (Cmr)

18 Patrice Ngolna (df): 25.08.2002,AS Milet De Bare (Cmr)

19 Ismaila Seidou (fw): 15.05.2002, AS International Academie Sport (Cmr)

7 Saidou Alioum Moubarak (fw): 25.07.2003, Sahel FC De Maroua (Cmr)

8 Cyril Onana Etoga (mf): 01.04.2003,  AS International Academie Sport (Cmr)

9 Leonel Wamba Djouffo (fw): 01.09.2002, AS Menoua FC (Cmr)

10 Steve Regis Mvoue (fw): 02.02.2002 Azur Star De Yaoundé (Cmr)

12 Toni Nang (df): 04.08.2002 AS Ngueng (Cmr)

16 Manfred Ekoi (gk): 09.03.2002, Best Stars De Limbe (Cmr)

Coach: Thomas Libih (Cameroon)

Guinea ... will be in Brazil in October for their sixth appearance at the U17 FIFA World Cup. They finished fourth in their debut in 1985

Guinea … will be in Brazil in October for their sixth appearance at the U17 FIFA World Cup. They finished fourth in their debut in 1985

GUINEA:

16 Sékou Camara (gk): 25.05.2002, Renaissance (Gui)

3 Mohamed Lamine Soumah (fw): 07.07.2002, Sonny Sport (Gui)

6 Mahmoud Ben Bangoura (df): 10.01.2002, As Dakonta (Gui)

7 Alya Touré (fw): 04.01.2002, Academie Sequence (Gui)

8 Ibrahima Breze Fofana (mf) 15.08.2002 FC Attouga (Gui)

10 Algassime Bah – captain (fw): 12.11.2002 Renaissance (Gui)

11 Aboubacar Conté (mf): 13.11.2002 Cefomig (Gui),

13 Naby Youssouf Oulare (df): 06.08.2002 Santoba (Gui)

14 Ibrahima Kalil Dabo (df): 27.08.2002, Atletico (Gui)

15 Ahmed Tidiane Keita (mf): 31.12.2002,  Attouga (Gui)

18 Sekou Tidiany Bangoura (mf): 05.04.2002 Atlantic (Gui)

1 Mohamed Damaro Camara (gk) 01.06.2002, Esperance (Gui)

2 Alpha Mamoudou Diallo (df): 12.01.2002, Academie Daye (Gui)

4 Mory Camara (mf): 05.02.2003 Asseg FC (Gui)

9 Momo Fanyé Touré (fw):12.01.2002,  Renaissance (Gui)

12 Ousmane Osky Conté (mf):14.02.2002, Horoya Junior (Gui)

17 Aboubacar Sidiki Soumah (df): 06.01.2002 As Lambandji (Gui)

20 Mohamed Youssouf Sacko (mf): 15.10.2003, Odas Fc (Gui)

21 N’faly Camara (gk): 23.06.2003, Horoya Junior (Gui)

Coach: Mohamed Maleah Camara – (Guinea)

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and from CAFOnline.com dispatches

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