Resilient Angola rally to deny Niger in U17 Afcon

Resilient Angola rally to deny Niger in U17 Afcon
Yacine Wa Massamba of Niger challenged by Adalmiro Patricio Pacheco Da Silva of Angola during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Angola and Niger at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 15 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday May 15, 2017. 21:29

Abdoul Karim's brace was not enough for Niger as they drew 2-2 against Angola in their 2017 U17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Group B encounter at the Stade de L'amitie d'Angondje in Gabon on Monday night.


After leading 2-0 for the better part of the tie, Niger allowed Angola to come back and score twice through Muondo Melono and Joao Jelson to share the spoils.


In the wake of the stalemate, Niger and Angola now occupy the joint top spot in the group with one point and two goals from this encounter.


The contest had a slow start as there were no clear cut chances in the opening 20 minutes despite both camps challenging to dictate the proceedings.


The 27th minute saw Niger awarded a penalty and Karim made no mistake from the spot to make it 1-0.


With just three minutes to the interval,  Karim completed his brace when he unleashed a powerful left footed shot from the edge of the area after a diagonal cross from the right flank.


It was 2-0 at half time for the Junior Menas.


The Menas came back from the tunnel with the same vigour as they probed for their third goal, but Hamid Ajina's shot sailed over the cross bar in the 49th minute.


However, the Angolans pulled one back through Melono in the 69th minute when he converted with a powerful header from close range, 2-1.


With eight minutes to go, the referee handed Angola a penalty when Francisco Chilumbo was fouled in the box and Jelson made it 2-2 with a fine strike.


In the end, both sides walked away with a point.


In their next encounter, Angola will face off against Tanzania on Thursday, 18 May whilst Niger will meet Mali later on the same day.


Niger: (2) 2 (Karim 28' pen, Karim 42')

Angola: (0) 2 (Melono 69', Jelson 83' pen)




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