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U-17 AFCON: Cameroon to defend title in Algeria

by Lesley Ngwa
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The under 17 Lions of Cameroon have qualified for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON tournament scheduled in April this year in Algeria.

The baby Lions won qualification after picking up a 2-0 win against Congo on Sunday, January 15 at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium, their second game in the UNIFFAC Zonal Qualifiers.

A goal from Dorinel Matah and Harouna Djibirin ensured that the U-17 Lions defeated Congo by 2-0 to claim all three points.  The goal was the third for Dorinel, in the UNIFFAC qualifiers for the EFBC player having scored two goal against CAR in the first game.

In two games played, Cameroon recorded six points, conceding none and scored six goals.

Following the cancelation of the 2021 edition of the U-17 AFCON, Cameroon heads to Algeria as defending champion, having won the 2019 edition. That win was the second time that the baby lions had won the competition with their first being in 2003.

The 15th edition of the U-17 AFCON will come up from April 8-30 in Algeria. This will be the first edition of the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations to have expanded to twelve teams instead of eight. The top four teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru as the CAF representatives.

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