Senegal, South Africa complete semis quartet

Senegal, South Africa complete semis quartet
05 March 2017 05:10

Senegal and South Africa booked the two other semi-final slots, joining hosts Zambia and Guinea to complete the quartet for the semi-finals and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.

Senegal beat Cameroon 2-0 in Ndola in the Group B ultimate match on Sunday, whilst South Africa accounted for Sudan 3-1 at the same time in Lusaka.

Per the results, Senegal topped Group B with seven points, South Africa on six points with Cameroon and Sudan on three points and one each respectively.

Host Zambia will face South Africa in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Lusaka, whilst Senegal battles Guinea 24-hours later in Ndola.

Needing nothing short of victory to ensure their continuous stay in the competition, the Cameroonians were unsettled by the opener scored by Senegalese forward Ibrahima Niane on the stroke of half time.

Three minutes after recess, Krepin Diatta scored the second with a shot that Cameroon goalie Simon Loti failed to stop from entering the net.

The Cameroonians fought hard but even a consolation remained elusive allowing Senegal passage into the last four for the second successive time.

Elsewhere in Lusaka, Phakamani Mahlambi gave South Africa an early lead on 13 minutes before Khaled Osman levelled for Sudan on 24 minutes.

A spirited second half performance from Amajita saw them score twice through Grant Margeman on the hour mark and Sibongakonke Mbatha six minutes later.

Total Man of the Match
Sudan vs South Africa: Sibongakonke Mbatha (South Africa)
Senegal vs Cameroon: Krepin Diatta (Senegal)

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Joseph Koto (Head Coach, Senegal)
I’m very content with the result of my team. We are happy to top the group and remain in Ndola for the semis. It saves us energy from traveling to another venue. We are now looking forward to the semis against Guinea. That is our focus and once we are done with that we can think about the final or otherwise.

Krepin Diatta (Total Man of the Match)
It was a difficult match for us. Victory was the result we wanted and we worked for it. And the victory has taken us to the level we were expecting (semi-finals). I commend my teammates for the support and I owe this award to them. Special thanks also goes to the Senegal Football Federation led by its President, Augustin Senghor, for the support which has pushed the team to this level.

Cyprian Besong Ashu (Head Coach, Cameroon)
We lost to a strong Senegal team. We were up for it, really motivated and the players were courageous. However, such is football; sometimes you win, the next moment you lose. You have to accept whatever result comes your way. 
Our first objective was to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, but we could not achieve that.  
I’m satisfied with the performance of my players. There is been a big development for the players, most of whom five months ago were playing in the fifth tier of Cameroonian football. The Head Coach of the senior national team, Hugo Broos, was here and watched two games, and about three players really impressed him.


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