The Serengeti Boys of Tanzania got off to a bright start as they defeated Cameroon’s Baby Lions 2-1 on the second day of the FERWAFA Under-17 invitational tournament staged on Monday at Stade de Kigali.
It was skipper Morice Abraham who gave Tanzania a good start after only 9 minutes at the Nyamirambo Stadium
Cameroon’s Baby Lion continued to apply a more physical approach before the Serengeti Boys star striker Kelvin John limped out injured. John Edmund should have made it 2-0 a few minutes to half time but blasted wide.
In the second half the Cameroon team pressed and attacked in numbers to level matters through Yannick Noah after 52 minutes. The Baby Lions who beat Rwanda’s U-17 3-1 in the first match continued to press, but the Serengeti Boys battled well to hold.
After another Tanzanian player John Edmund had limped off, Arafat Swakali made it 2-1 for the Serengeti Boys after two minutes of added time.
“Although we have picked some injuries, I am happy with the way my boys battle today. We need to keep pressing to give our opponents no space,” said Tanzania’s Coach Oscar Mirambo after the game.
Action continues on Thursday when the last of the tournament will be played, pitting hosts Rwanda against Serengeti Boys of Tanzania at Stade de Kigali.
Tanzania and Cameroon are using the Invitational tournament to prepare for the U-17 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) slated for April 14-28th in Tanzania.
The best two teams that qualify for the semi finals will directly book a place in the U-17 World Cup to take place in Brazil.
Invitational U-17 Tournament Results
March 29, 2019
Rwanda 1-3 Cameroon
April 1, 2019
Cameroon 1-2 Tanzania
April 4, 2019
Tanzania vs Rwanda (Stade de Kigali, 15h30)