Ibrahim Abdalla Ali of Tanzania challenged by Felix Kamate of Mali during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Mali and Tanzania at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 15 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Wednesday May 17, 2017. 13:00
Tanzania U17 coach Bakari Nyundo Shime says they are at the 2017 U17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon to make a name for themselves, rather than to add numbers.
The Serengeti Boys registered a draw against the highly fancied Mali side on Monday as they opened their Group B campaign of the junior tournament.
In the highly-paced game at the Stade de L’Amitie in Libreville, the tournament debutants gave a good account of themselves to hold the Young Eagles in their first ever game at a continental level.
TANZANIA FRUSTRATE MALI IN GROUP B OPENER
Goalkeeper Ramadhani Awam was in an uncompromising mood between the sticks as the Serengeti Boys snatched a vital point.
However, coach Shime says they struggled in the opening half, but he made some changes to stabilise the team.
“We are here for the tournament to challenge the champions Mali. It has been a valuable point collected," said Shime after the match.
"I congratulate my players for the job well accomplished.
“It was a big lesson for my players. We are here to compete. However, I admit we played against a team with quality.
“My players struggled in the first half but we made some changes in the set up and were stabilised in the second half.
"The shape of the team was changed as we moved forward in the second half.”
Their second encounter against the Angolans is set to be staged at the same venue on Thursday afternoon.