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2023 U-17 AFCON: Senegal Thrash Host Algeria, Clinch Quarter-final Ticket

2023 U-17 AFCON: Senegal Thrash Host Algeria, Clinch Quarter-final Ticket

Young Teranga Lions of Senegal have qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2023 U-17 AFCON after thrashing host Algeria 3-0 in their second Group A game on Tuesday.

This is the first time ever the Senegalese will make it to the knockout stage of the U-17 AFCON.

It is Senegal’s second win of the tournament after pipping Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in their opening fixture.

For Algeria, it is a first loss in the competition following a 2-0 win against Somalia in the opening game.

Amara Diouf gave Senegal a first half lead before getting his second from the penalty spot in the second half.

Moments later Mamadou Sawane added the third goal to complete the rout over the host.

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  • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

    Senegal might just be planning a clean sweep of all African men’s tournaments within the current cycle. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens, going by the revelations from the interview granted by the Senegalese FA president a few months ago.

    They seem to be letting the rest of Africa know that there is no shortcut to success.

    • Thanky 1 year ago

      Story!! Story! Not this U17 sorry! 

    • Glory 1 year ago

      @ Drey yes we have commend the great work done by the Senegalese FA, but not this u-17. This UGBADE u-17 will ransack those Senegalese boys pockets,stealing everything inside even with their eyes wide open.There will be zero penny left in those pockets.

      • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

        Manu Garba’s Class of 2013 were 10 times better than this set, man-4-man, pound-4-pound, technically and tactically….they didnt win the U17 AFCON

        Emma Amuneke’s Class of 2015 were 5 times better than this set, man-4-man, pound-4-pound, technically and tactically….they didnt win the U17 AFCON

        I’m sorry to be sounding pessimistic, I dont see Ugbade’s squad winning it either.

        And if there is anything Senegal has shown the rest of the world for the past 10 years, its the fact that they too have talent in abundance…I mean amazing and exceptional talents for that matter. Add this to the “great work done by the Senegalese FA”, then you will know that its wise for us to temper all these expectations with some humility. We dont have any outright better edge over the Senegalese except for a braggadocious coach.

        The winners of this tournament are not going to be the team that plays the sexiest football. Watch the space.

        • Papafem 1 year ago

          Man, this set isn’t a bad set, trust me. The previous victorious sets might be better in some ways than the current team, but those sets were as well better than the curent Senegalese team you mentioned here, so nothing spoil. Their ball movement is good, quite akin to Manu’s team. Their only undoing is the penetration in the final third because they created loads of chances against Zambia who mauled the Senegalese team prior to the competition. Let’s give them a benefit of doubt. I know as the competition progresses, they’ll improve. I remember back in 2015, Amuneke’s team didn’t have a great competition. I was so mad when they lost to South Africa. But see what they did in Chile.

          • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

            No dont get me wrong Papafem. Im not saying they are bad. Far from it. Im just saying we should temper our hype with some humility. I heard Nduka in one of his now numerous interviews describing his players as “badass players”. Im sorry, but benchmarked with some other teams in this tourney, I dont see no badass players. Let me not even benchmark this team with previous golden eaglets squads.

            Only Late Musa Abdullahi’s Suleiman Mohammed captained 2001 squad (with the likes of Victor ‘super sub’ brown, chigozie agbim, Segun Abiodun, Ndala ibrahim, femi opabunmi and karimu shuaibu) and Late Yemi Tella’s Lukman Haruna captained 2007 swashbuckling tomb-raiding squad (with the likes of Chrisantus, Rabiu Ibrahim, Ganiyu Oseni and Kabiru Akinsola) have been able to win the CAF U17 AFCON. That says alot if you ask me.

            The 2013 squad couldnt beat CIV twice, the 2015 sqaud also couldnt beat South Africa twice or so. These Senegalese may be any of those. I hope they will not be. We ignore them at our own peril. Yes they were hammered by Zambia IN A FRIENDLY, but there is a reason why Senegal are now in the Qfinals of the main tournament and Zambia may just get eliminated from the same tournament after today.

            I hope Ugbade’s squad proves me wrong and go on to win this tournament. But my priority for them is to Qualify for the World cup first. Any other thing is a bonus.

  • Ayphillydegreat 1 year ago

    They greatly missed the final passes of Ebube Okere and the long range passes of Raphael Oyebanjo in the midfield. It seems they didn’t make the cut with the MRI. It looks like a different team entirely and it shows in their cohesiveness. 

    I’m glad for the hard fought win against Zambia and I hope they continue to improve as the tournament progresses. It gives opportunities to other youngsters to showcase their talent like the goal scorer Daniel.

    As for the Senegalese team I think they’re a very strong side and definitely an early contender for the trophy. Senegal is really doing something right at every level of their football. Their recent successes is not by fluke. They’ve definitely put in years of planning and development to their football just like Morocco 

    However, we are talking about the GoldenEaglets here. We still have the pedigree and the talents at this level to win another title. There’s a reason we’re the most successful country in the world at this level. Though we tend to struggle at times in Africa. I just want them to qualify for the WorldCup.

    The playing surface suits our style of play and that’s why I won’t play down their chances of claiming a third African diadem at the expense of this Senegalese team.  I just can’t take it to see the Senegalese claim all male titles in Africa. It looks like a straight battle between the GoldenEaglets and the Terranga Cubs. 

    • I don’t even subscribe to the notion that the Golden Eaglets “struggle in the continent”.

      There are five countries that are the most successful Under-17 teams at the Afcon with two trophies each to their name – Nigeria is one of them. The others are Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana and Mali.

      When it comes to overall podium finishes, Nigeria is second with 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze (with 2 fourth place finishes) only behind Ghana (who have 2 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes and zero fourth place finishes)

      And now CAF – in their infinite wisdom – will pair Nigeria and Ghana to eliminate each other at the Wafu level!!!

      Senegal, by the way, have no single Under 17 Afcon trophy or fourth place finish to their name. They only managed to qualify for the 2019 world cup after Guinea was disqualified due to age cheating.

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