Le Syli Cadets of Guinea on Sunday beat Niger 3-1 at the Stade l’Amitie in Libreville to clinch the third-place play off at the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.
A brace by star striker, Djibril Fandje Toure in either half as well as another goal by Eldadj Abdourahamane Bah were enough to poercancel out that of Niger’s Ibrahim Boubacar Marou.
The play-off between the two semi-final losers, however, started on a conscious note after Niger took the kick off and both sides only laboured to dominate possession throughout the first stanza with no goal on either side.
Immediately after the restart, goalkeeper Khaled Ibrahim came to the rescue of Niger when he parried away striker Djibril Fandje Toure’s flash shot.
But he was not lucky in the 56th minute, when danger man Toure finally got the opener and his fifth goal of the championship when he sliced ball behind Ibrahim after he breached the defence of the Menas.
Some ten minutes later, Niger’s counter attacking tactics paid off as they caught the Guineans napping and Ibrahim Boubacar Marou drove the ball into the net for an equaliser.
Guinea went into the lead again through Bah in the 75th minute and few minutes later, Toure got his sixth goal of the championship; and was deservedly voted as the Total Man of the Match Award.
Total Man of the Match: Djibril Fandje Toure (Guinea)
Souleymane Camara (Head Coach, Guinea)
It is better to get something than nothing. Of course, there is a small regret that we couldn’t get to the final match but we are on the podium which is the most important thing for today. For the future, all of us that have qualified for the World Cup must now go back home and prepare to represent Africa well in India. We changed our tactics against Niger and at some point, we were playing with four attackers and I’m happy it paid off with this important victory despite the fact that I’m the youngest coach here. We would see more players who can bring more positives to the team ahead of the World Cup.
Ismaila Tiemoko (Head Coach, Niger)
After our qualification, we didn’t have enough to prepare well for the other matches especially the players came here first and foremost with the mentality of qualifying for the World Cup; and once they have achieved that it became a problem for them to play on a higher level again. But we shall go back home and prepare well. We have qualified for the World Cup and we would need a lot of friendly matches to condition the mind of these players.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football