U-20: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles began the journey towards a successful defence of their U-20 AFCON title with a lone goal victory over Burundi away in Bujumbura on Saturday.
Agor Chukwudi’s 60th minute strike gave the Eagles the edge in the Second Round first leg meeting ahead of the return encounter in three weeks as the race for the 20th edition in Zambia next year gathers momentum.
There were also away victories for Senegal and Mali, finalists and semifinalists at the last edition in 2015, with Guinea also in the fray.
Ibrahima Niane, who plays for Senegalese second-tier side, Generation Foot, scored in both halves as ‘Les Lionceaux’ stunned host Tunisia in Oued Ellil. Raed Fadaa scored in between for the Tunisians.
In Nouakchott, visiting Mali made light work of Mauritania with a 3-0 win thanks to a first half brace from Sidiki Maiga and Moussa Diakite from the spot. Goalkeeper Mohamed Boubacar added to the woes of the homers after being sent off for a red card on the stroke of full time for a foul on a Malian striker for a penalty, which Diakite converted with ease to wrap up victory.
A brace from striker Jean Charles Fernandez was enough for Guinea to beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in Abidjan. Ismael Diallo reduced the deficit for the Ivorians.
Angola made a giant claim for a place at the final round with a 3-0 drubbing of Gabon at the Coqueiros Stadium in the capital, Luanda. Vladimiro Eston Antonio broke the deadlock on 13 minutes before second half strikes from Gaspar Fortunato and Amandio Alberto Madienguluca sealed victory for the ‘Palanquinhas’.
Namibia and South Africa played out a barren draw in Windhoek whilst Mozambique were held 1-1 by visiting Lesotho in Maputo.
Friday, 20 April 2016
Mauritania 0-3 Mali
Saturday, 21 April 2016
Tunisia 1-2 Senegal
Gambia 1-0 Morocco
Cote d’Ivoire 1-2 Guinea
Burkina Faso 1-1 Congo
Burundi 0-1 Nigeria
Angola 3-0 Gabon
Mozambique 1-1 Lesotho
Namibia 0-0 South Africa
Sunday, 22 April 2016
Ethiopia vs Ghana
Zimbabwe vs Cameroon
Rwanda vs Egypt