Afcon U17: LIVE Nigeria 0 V Guinea 0 ( FT ) Guinea Advance On Penalties 10-9
By Iwedi Ojinmah 4 months ago
Live from the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.
Its over Nigeria balloons the ball over that bar with their 10th kick.
93.36 min FT Nigeria 0 Guinea 0 Game unfolded pretty much the same way the first half went down. Nigeria did seemingly become stronger as it wore on but failed to finish. Again the Elephants played like Elephants blocking out the sun and nipping at the heels of our birds. The game ends in a draw and we move on to PK's with Guinea going first and shooting at the left goal.
0.00 min 2nd half underway.
48.26 HT Nigeria 0 Guinea 0 Very choppy game in which the Elephants have lived up to their name and outmuscled the Nigerians with Ba being a major nuisance up front. The Eaglets superior speed though have caught the Guineans off guard repeatedly and if not for Ubani's howler, Nigeria could have been up by a goal or even two at the intermission. Stamina will win this game as both teams are tactically sound and right now it looks like its the Elephants who are sucking more wind and bending over to gasp for oxygen. Nigeria, especially with Little Messi now on the bench, has looked like they now have found their groove.
0.00 Min Ref is from Madagascar. Guniea wins the toss and will be playing from left to right. Next, to the Nigerians, they look like Giants. Nigeria in all Green with white Numbers and Lettering, Guniea in all white with Red Numbers and Lettering. Game is on....Piom.
Update 4: "We are tired of finishing third in Africa, we want to go further," says Guinean Captain Bah
The Junior Sylis finished third in the last two editions (2015 & 2017), and looking forward to go a step further, a feat captain and dangerman Bah Algassime believes it’s achievable.
“As captain, my duty is to lead the team inside and outside the pitch. We have a positive attitude that we will go against all odds to make it to the final,” said Algassime. (below)
The confidence from the Guinean team is high, but that doesn’t bother the Nigerians, looking to emulate the successes of 2001 and 2007.
“Our desire and ambition is to go beyond this level. We have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup and now we want to win this title. We won’t make it unless we knockout Guinea and go to the final,” said Nigeria assistant coach, Baruwa Olatunji.
Nigeria midfield, Balowa Abayomi, insists that their morale is good for the game and they are poised to edge Guinea in all aspect to win.
“We believe that we are a strong team and we have to prove that against Guinea, we hope things will go well for us and we win the title,” he said.
Update 3: Guinean Total Football makes Ugbade wary
The Nigeria U17 team on Saturday played a 1-1 draw with Uganda in the U17 AFCON 2019 to finish as group A winners and also qualify for the U17 world cup coming up later this year in Brazil.
According to the U17 technical adviser, Nduka Ugbade: “the last time we played we were knocked out by the Niger Republic in Niger but our first objective was to pick up a ticket for the qualification for the cup of nations and getting to the WC in Brazil was our second objective.
”The third is getting to the finals of the cup of nations which myself and Manu lost some years back in Morocco, this time around we need to do all our possible best to ensure we get to the finals and win it.
"We will be playing Guinea in our next game and they are a very strong and complete side having knocked out teams like Senegal and Morocco.
" Playing Guinea is a match that we would love so much to play technically as it will help us improve our playing style," he concluded Related: Ukraine Name Loaded Squad To Face Super Eagles .
Update 2: Guinean Coach Camara bullish ahead of Eaglets' Cracker
Ahead today’s clash between the Golden Eaglets and the Junior Sylli Nationale of Guinea in the semifinals of the U17 nations cup in Tanzania, Guinean coach Mohammed Camara says his side is not afraid of Nigeria.
Mohammed Camara in a pre-match conference revealed ” that his side are aware of the threat coming with the Eaglets, but they are ready to face them,
“We know Nigerians are champions in Africa and even the world level for long now, but we’re not afraid of them,
“This is a new generation team entirely, and we are ready and will win against Nigeria today ”. Camara said.
The Junior Syli Nationale came second in their group after sending away Morocco and Mali packing in the competition while The Golden Eaglets came first in their group after beaten Tanzania, Angola and drew 1-1with Uganda in their third match.
Update 1: Eaglets not distracted by Guinean age controversy, have eyes locked on the prize
Nigeria’s U-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets will take on their Guinean counterparts the National Elephants on Wednesday in the semifinals of the ongoing 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Tanzania.
The Nigerian team qualified for the semis after playing a 1-1 draw with Uganda and led the Group A with 7 points, while Angola finished second with 6 points and Uganda had 4 points and the host, Tanzania had no points.
Guinea (below) came second in Group B with 6 points, behind Cameroon which tops the group with 7 points after playing a goalless draw with Senegal in their last Group B match on Sunday.
Angola will play Cameroon in the other semifinal match.
Local media reports said on Monday that the head coach of Uganda U17 National Team, Samuel Fabin, predicted that the five-time world champions, Nigeria, are favourites for the 2019 U17 AFCON title.
”Looking at the teams, Nigeria are the favorites. Tactically, technically they are better than all the teams I have seen. That’s my opinion,” Fabin said at the post-match press conference.
”I am not complimenting them, but the boys are fast,” he added.