Senegal and Guinea meet in U20 Afcon semifinal

Senegal and Guinea meet in U20 Afcon semifinal
Kevin Olivier Soni of Senegal and Preston Tabortetaka Obiarrah of Cameroon during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Cameroon at Levy Mwanawasa,Ndola,Zambia on 05 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Mar 07, 2017. 16:30

Senegal will be out to bag a spot in the final of the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations when they meet Guinea in the semifinals on Thursday.

The Young Lions of Teranga are aware that booking a spot at the 2017 U20 FIFA World Cup is not enough as they will want to lift the AFCON trophy.

Joseph Koto's men have done well in the tournament as they managed to finish Group B with seven points from two wins and one draw.

They managed to defeat the second-placed South Africa and Cameroon, but drew 1-1 against Sudan.

Speaking after their qualification for the last four, Koto thanked God for guidance as they reached their objective.

"First of all I thank God for this result,” said Koto.

“Our objective was to take each match as it comes, but we are happy that we finished top of the group which means that we will play our semifinal here in Ndola and saves us the energy to travel to Lusaka. We believe that will give us an advantage."

On the other hand, Junior Syli Nationale are set to become a tough customer on Thursday as they also target a spot in the final.

Reaching the FIFA World Cup for them has been a major achievement and to top it up with a final spot could be a huge accomplishment.

They have also enjoyed a good run in the group stages as they finished as number two in Group A behind hosts Zambia.

They managed to hold Egypt and beat Mali, but lost 1-0 to the hosts in their opening match.

Although facing the Senegalese is set to be a test of character, they will have nothing to lose and will now go all out to stun the West Africans.

The encounter will be staged at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Thursday, 08 March at 18:00.

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