The young Teranga Lions of Senegal finished the group stage of the U17 Africa Cup of Nations in grand style, winning all games and scoring seven goals. Amara Diouf was on the score sheet three times, as he and his teammates were the only side to sweep all nine points, keeping three clean sheets.
The boys of Saliou Dia not only wowed fans with their electrifying performances against Congo (1:0), Algeria (3:0), and Somalia (3:0), but also made history by qualifying for this tournament’s quarterfinals for the very first time.
A feat attained thanks to the teams’ collective efforts and the sheer brilliance of players like Serigne Fallou Diouf, Mamadou Sawane, Amara Diouf, Omar Sall, and Yaya Dieme, who all netted a goal for their country in this competition.
Senegal’s phenomenal record is rivaled by Mali’s in group C. The young eagles got the opportunity to play just two games against two former champions, Cameroon and Burkina Faso, and Soumaila Coulibaly’s side did not disappoint. It was two-on-two for the team, with goals from Mahamadou Barry and a brace from Mamadou Doumbia.
On the flip side, countries like Cameroon failed to find their foot in this youth tournament. Out of the two games played, this year’s winners exit this tournament with zero points, one goal scored, and four conceded.
Worthy of mention is Somalia. Despite their naivity and lack of experience, the young bright stars managed a point and a goal in their game against Congo.
The group games of this edition of the U17 AFCON have been very competitive. This stage, which came to a close on Sunday, May 7, witnessed 15 encounters across the three stadia in Algiers, Constantine, and Annaba, producing a total of 36 goals (7 goals in round one, 13 goals in round two, and 16 goals in round three).
With Zambia’s Emmanuel Mwanza out of the competition, the golden boot race is between Algeria’s Moslem Anatouf, Senegal’s Amara Diouf, and South Africa’s Vicky Mkhawana, who all have three goals each.
The group stage is done and dusted, with the quarterfinals set to start on Wednesday.
Complete quarterfinal fixtures:
Nelson Mandela Stadium (10-05-2023)
Senegal vs South Africa 5PM
Mohammed Hamlaoui Stadium (10-05-2023)
Morocco vs. Algeria, 8PM
Nelson Mandela Stadium (11-05-2023)
Nigeria vs. Burkina Faso, 8PM
19 May 1956 Stadium (11-05-2023)
Mali vs. Congo 8PM
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