AFCON U17: Cameroon edge Guinea 5-3 on penalties to be crowned champions

 

Photo courtesy of BBC

Daniel NSUBUGA

Cameroon has joined Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and The Gambia as the nations to have won the U17 accolade on two occasions.

They beat Guinea 5-3 on penalties after playing to a very tight and tactical 90 minutes.

Despite Guinea dominating possession, it was Cameroon who threatened more with dangerous attacks and attempts on goal.

Substitute Nelson Djembe almost won it for Cameroon but the woodwork came to Guinea’s rescue in the 87th minute.

After the full time whistle had gone, it was left to the spot kicks to determine who would walk away victors and eventual winners of Gold at the show piece hosted by Tanzania.

Guinea’s 15 year old Mohammed Sacko failed to guide his opportunity to following the perfect execution by compatriots Alya Bangoura, Alya Toure and Aboubacar Conte.

Cameroon’s Saidou Alioum held his nerve to bury the final spot kick to build on the good work earlier done by captain Steve Mvoue, Nassourou Ndongo, Leonel Wamba and Toni Nang.

The indispensable Steve Mvoue was voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament, whereas Angola’s Capita emerged top scorer with four goals.

The tournament saw 36 goals scored, an impressive average of 2.25 goals per match. Cameroon were the only team not to taste defeat.

It has also produced four African representatives to the FIFA World cup U17 that will be hosted by Brazil later this year.

Africa will be represented by champions Cameroon, runners up Guinea, bronze winners Angola and Nigeria.

Despite the successful tournament, there were some ugly reports of complaints made to CAF over some nations’ use of over aged players.

Morocco lodged a complaint with CAF that Cameroon has used over aged players.

Senegal also after their elimination by Guinea, filed a complaint against Aboubakar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane accusing them of being overage.

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