U-20 AFCON: Senegal Coach Takes Positives From 2015 Defeat To Nigeria Ahead Zambia Clash

U-20 AFCON: Senegal Coach Takes Positives From 2015 Defeat To Nigeria Ahead Zambia Clash


By James Agberebi:

Senegal U-20 team coach, Joseph Koto, says his team will put the disappointment of losing to the Flying Eagles of Nigeria in the final of the 2015 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations behind them when they face hosts of 2017 edition Zambia in Sunday's final, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Senegal, who were hosts of the 2015 U-20 AFCON, lost 1-0 to the Flying Eagles in the final following a Bernard Bulbwa's superb volley.

The junior Teranga Lions are looking to erase the disappointment of two years ago after beating Guinea 1-0 in Thursday's semi-final match to qualify for their second ever U-20 AFCON final appearance.

Speaking during his post-match press conference after the win against Guinea, Koto stated that the heartbreak of 2015 is behind his team look forward to upsetting Zambia in Sunday's final.

"Now that we are in the final, our objective is to win the trophy," cafonline.com quoted Koto.

"I have forgotten about 2015, where we lost in the final (at home to Nigeria). It is history now.

"It will be a game between the best teams in the tournament so far, Senegal and Zambia. In football, you win or lose, but our hope is to beat Zambia."

Commenting on the win against Guinea, Koto confessed that the win didn't come easy for his team.

"It was a difficult match and there was too much pressure on players. The penalty we missed also contributed to the pressure on us and it boosted the confidence of the Guineans.

"Guinea played well and gave us a good run for our money. The Guineans were very tactical and this compelled us to look for an alternative to counter them.

"It is always the duty of the coach to analyse the coach and deploy the best tactic and as well capitalise on the weakness of the opponent."