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Cameroon win it; hosts Tanzania say ‘was a great tournament’

CAMEROON won the 2019 U17 AFCON after defeating Guinea 5-3 on penalties in the final at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday. The teams fought it out in tough a match dominated by defence at all costs, pushing it to end 0-0 after normal time.

All penalty takers were on the mark, starting with Cameroon’s Steve Mvoue until Mohamed Sacko for Guinea missed the eighth kick. Then Saidou Moubarak converted Cameroon’s fifth and it was all over.

Top: The teams line up for the anthems before the kick-off at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Above, match officials lead out the teams

Top: The teams line up for the anthems before the kick-off at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Sunday. Above, match officials lead out the teams

Guinea 0-0 (3-5 pen) Cameroon

So the pebalty shoot-out count was; Cameroon (all converted) — Steve Mvoue, Ben Hamed Nassourou Ndongo, Leonel Wambo Djouffo, Toni Wilfried Nang’ and Saidou Alioum Moubarak; Guinea — converted Alya Bangoura, Alya Toure and Aboubacar Conte. Mohamed Sacko had his kick saved by Cameroon ‘keeper Manfred Ekoi .

It was the second time the teams were meeting, having clashed in Group ‘B’ preliminaries where Cameroon had won 2-0. Guinea were contesting their first final ever in the tournament having beaten Nigeria 10-9 on penalties in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Cameroon also overcame Angola 4-3 on penalties to qualify for their second final ever.

Tired muscles for Cameroon awaiting the penalty shoot-out

After 90 minutes of a barren draw, tired muscles for Cameroon awaiting the penalty shoot-out

The victory saw Cameroon claim their second U17 AFCON title after their triumph in 2003. They, together with Guinea and beaten semi-finalists Angola (who won the bronze medal) and Nigeria will all be heading to the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (October) as African representatives.

TEAMS:

GUINEA –16 Sékou Camara: 14 Ibrahima Kalil Dabo, 6 Mahmoud Ben Bangoura, 5 Alya Bangoura, 13 Naby Youssouf Oulare (20 Mohamed Youssouf Sacko, 81’), 18 Sekou Tidiany Bangoura (17 Aboubacar Sidiki Soumah, 13′), 8 Ibrahima Breze Fofana, 11 Aboubacar Conté, 7 Alya Touré, 15 Ahmed Tidiane Keita, 10 Algassime Bah (9 Momo Fanyé Touré, 52’)

Reserves not used – 1 Mohamed Damaro Camara (gk), 21 N’faly Camara (gk): 2 Alpha Mamoudou Diallo, 4 Mory Camara, 12 Ousmane Osky Conté, 3 Mohamed Lamine Soumah

Coach: Mohamed Maleah Camara (Guinea)

CAMEROON – 16 Manfred Ekumba Ekoi: 3 Ricky Ngatchou Kamtchouang’, 15 Francois Bere Laoumbo (12 Toni Wilfried Nang’, 38’), 13 Severin Ze Essono, 18 Patrice Ngolima, 19 Ismaila Seidou (17 Nelson Djembe, 74’), 6 Gael Jordan Kingue (14 Ben Hamed Nassourou Ndongo, 49′), 4 Douada Amadou, 7 Saidou Alioum Moubarak, 10 Steve Regis Mvoue, 9 Leonel Wambo Djouffo

Reserves: 2 Camal Moumbagna, 8 Cyril Onana Etoga, 20 Arc_En_Ciel Mintongo Mpal, 21 Eliou Hendji, 11 Yannick Noah, 15 Fabrice Ndzie Mezama

Coach: Thomas Libih (Cameroon)

It's all over and the beaten Guinea march out of the National Stadium -- onward to the 2019 U17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

It’s all over and the beaten Guinea march out of the National Stadium — onward to the 2019 U17 FIFA Wold Cup in Brazil

The Total U17 Africa Cup of Nations ended after two weeks of great football with hosts Tanzania saying they were confident they were good hosts.

The Government of Tanzania, the country’s national sports council (Baraza la Michezo Tanzania – BMT) were at the forefront of a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that included Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

The BMT chairman is Leodegar Tenga a Tanzania football icon, captain of the only national team to have played in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals — in 1980.

The BMT chairman was also the Vice Chairman of the LOC. He said he was convinced his country had done enough to meet the expectations of all stakeholders.

The man-of-the-match in the Final was Daouda Amadou, midfielder of Oyili FC, Cameroon

The man-of-the-match in the Final was Daouda Amadou, midfielder of Oyili FC, Cameroon

Tenga, also a member of the CAF Executive Committee believes the experience from hosting the youth championship will come handy in the organization of future games especially at the domestic level.

Ahead of the knock-out matches, Tenga’s comments about his country’s hosting were captured by cafonline.com:

CAFOnline.com: This is the first time for Tanzania to hosts such tournament, how have you managed to do it?

Leodegar Tenga: Firstly, we thank CAF for giving us the honor of hosting this tournament. We are happy it has been going on well, until now with few days to the end. The LOC is at the heart of the tournament and has done a great job so far. The tournament has been in good, all visitors arrived safely and we are taking good care of them.
The U17 AFCON is a big tournament. We are not just looking for the winner but the teams that will represent Africa at the U17 FIFA World Cup. We have a lot to do to make sure that we will finish well.

Q: What have been the major challenges?

A: We are fighting to tackle challenges as they emerge and things have been well and good. The major setback was lack of experience. Apart from me and other few officials, for most of the LOC staff, this is the first time they handling something big like this. Now we are getting the experience that will be vital when we host another tournament in the future.

Tanzania's national sports council chairman -- Baraza la Michezo Tanzania (BMT) -- Leodegar Tenga, a former national team skipper at 1980 AFCON said his country stood up to the challenge hosting the 2019 U17 AFCON

Tanzania’s national sports council chairman — Baraza la Michezo Tanzania (BMT) — Leodegar Tenga, a former national team skipper at 1980 AFCON said his country stood up to the challenge hosting the 2019 U17 AFCON

Q: What of attendance during the matches?

A: We are very happy with our Government’s decision to offer free entrances to all games. It is obvious that the number of fans going for the youth matches is not huge but we are satisfied. It is unlucky that the hosts (Tanzania) were eliminated early, and has affected the turnout too. We give our grateful to the Government of Tanzania for their commitment to this tournament.

And the man-of-the-tournament award goes to Cameroon's Steve Regis Mvoue who plays at Azur Star de Yaounde

And the man-of-the-tournament award goes to Cameroon’s Steve Regis Mvoue who plays at Azur Star de Yaounde

Q: Do you think this tournament has brought positive impact to the country and its residents?

A: Yes, of course. We feel great that we hosted CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad and other members of the CAF Executive Committee. We hosted the teams, big number of journalists and other football stakeholders. It is privilege to the country. We are getting good feedback from our guests; they are amazed with the hospitality from local residents.

In football, this is the big achievement for us. We wish to hosts more tournaments in future. We hope that this will be a turning point for our football. We thank CAF for the opportunity, media and other stakeholders that work hand on hand with us for this tournament.

-Additional reporting by Correspondents and cafonline.com

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