Niger's Tiemoko hails his U17 troops

Niger's Tiemoko hails his U17 troops
Ismaila Tiemoko

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday May 25, 2017. 17:26

Having reached the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup to be staged in India after qualifying for the knockout stages of the U17 Africa Cup of Nations, Niger coach Ismaila Tiemoko says his charges have improved their game.

Tiemoko's men defied all odds as they reached the U17 Afcon semi-finals in Gabon and were unfortunate as they narrowly lost 6-5 to Ghana on penalties.

Despite fighting to score against the Black Starlets on Wednesday, the encounter ended 0-0 after 90 minutes of action.

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“The game was done very well and as I said before now, we knew ourselves and Ghana was very lucky in the penalty shoot-out,” said Tiemoko.

“I want to congratulate the coach of Ghana for this victory. We have improved and our next focus after the U-17 is the U-20 which hopefully most of these boys would be available and we have learned so much from this tournament.”

Meanwhile, Tiemoko will now hope to lead his men to bag the bronze medal on Sunday in the third/fourth place play-off game against Guinea.

The encounter will be staged at Stade de l’Amitié Sino in Libreville at 18:30 (CAT).



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