March 24, 2023

Senegal Youthful squad wins WAFU Zone A Tournament

Senegal has been crowned as Champions of the 2022 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) zone A under15 boys Championship held in Liberia from Thursday, 18 August to Sunday, 21 August.

The Terranga Lions’ youthful squad defeated Sierra Leone 3-1 on Friday, followed by another 3-0 win over the host nation on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

The two wins put them top of the group with six points in a three-team tournament due to the withdrawal of Mauritania citing age cheating by some of the participating countries.

However, Senegal and Liberia drew 3-3 in the opening match of the competition on Thursday at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville before Sierra Leone got an overwhelming 6-0 win over Mauritania on the same day at the same venue.

After that discouraging defeat from the Mauritanian, they officially announced their withdrawal from the tournament a few hours later on the Mauritania Football Federation’s official Facebook page.

The withdrawal of Mauritania, left the local organizing committee of the WAFU ZONE A U-15 Tournament with no option but to nullify the first results after hearing from the participants.

The local organizers then said the tournament will continue in a round-robin format between Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Senegal, and the team with the highest points emerge as champions.

It was at that point, that the young Senegalese outplayed the two Minor River union countries to continue her dormant display in African Football in recent.

They did not just win the championship, but they scope every individual award ranging from the Most Valuable Player(MVP), Top goal scorer, the best goalkeeper award, and even the man of the match award.

According to statistics, Mody Sy won the MVP, Souleymane Diop won the Top Scorer award with three goals to his credit, Mohammed Diallo won the Best Goalkeeper award while Yaya Dieme was voted man of the match against Liberia. Souleymane Diop won the match of the match when Senegal defeated Sierra Leone 3-1 on Friday.

Meanwhile, Liberia finished 2nd place with 3 points, conceded four goals, and scored three in two matches while Sierra Leone finished bottom of the group with zero points and conceded five goals scoring just two in two matches.

Reported by Sports Director: Sylvester Tamba


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