UNIFFAC Zonal Qualifiers: Cameroon Seals spot at U-17 AFCON

By Sonita Ngunyi Nwohtazie

Cameroon heads to Algeria as defending U-17 AFCON champion having won the 2019 edition

The Under 17 Lions of    Cameroon have qualified for the U-17 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, having sealed their participation by winning the UNIFFAC Zonal Qualifiers hosted in Limbe.

Team Cameroon who needed just a draw to qualify for the 2022 U-17 AFCON in Algeria had her second encounter against Congo. The side which proved a strong defence for the first 45 minutes of play at the Ngeme Omnisport stadium conceded her first goal around the 79th minute of play with the goal scored by Dorinel Yondjo, followed by Harouna Djibirin in extra time of the mouth-watery encounter.

The baby Lions of Cameroon in her opening match trashed the U-17 team of Central Africa Republic 4-0 at the Ngeme Omnisports Stadium on January 12, 2023. Collins Akamba of Ecole de football des Brasseries opened scores in the 36th minute of play for his team followed by Tize Abib in the 55th minute. Dorinel Yondjo pushed the score line to 4 goals after scoring a brace in the encounter.

Before the tournament even began, team Cameroon encountered some challenges where 21 players failed the MRI test which demanded a lot of tactical implementations by Coach Jean Pierre Fiala Fiala. “When the test was conducted, we had a lot of challenges in selecting new players, but today I am very happy that the boys delivered what we requested and I believe that if they continue to listen to us and put in place all our techniques then another history will be created in history not only for the young lions themselves but also for the entire nation and their families,” U-17 Lions coach Fiala Fiala commented.

After two games played, team Cameroon recorded a tally of 6 goals. Young vibrant Yondjo Dorinel from Ecole de football des brasseries was crowned highest goal scorer and best player of the tournament as he had a total of three goals and two assists in 2 games.

Yondjo Dorinel from Ecole de football des brasseries was crowned highest goal scorer and best player of the tournament

With the quality of football shown by the U-17 Lions, coach Rigobert Song, Indomitable Lions manager said: “I have seen quality football from you all for the past two days here in Limbe and I will like to say the future of Cameroon football will take a new dimension if you all continue to implement the quality of football you all showed us. Once more congratulations champions.”

The U-17 Lions of Cameroon will move to Algeria with the hope of defending their crown which they won back in 2019. The side is also hoping to win the U-17 AFCON for the third. The Central Africa Republic joins Cameroon as the second representative from the UNIFFAC ZONE, after which the former defeated Congo in her second game. Bienvenu Bizenga scored a brace in the 35th and 77th minutes of play and Ayel Wumba Niati rounded off the scoring.

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