Djibril Fandje Toure of Guinea (7) celebrates ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Sunday May 28, 2017. 19:06
A brace from Fandje Toure and one strike from Abdourahamane Bah gave Guinea a 3-1 win over Niger as they claimed the third spot at the 2017 U17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations at the Stade de l'Amitié Sino-Gabonaise, Libreville on Sunday.
With both sides looking to bag the bronze medal, it was a cagey start in Libreville in the opening 10 minutes, but Guinea were the side looking to threaten first.
Fandje is the man who tried to produce a save from Niger goalkeeper Khaled Ibrahim, but saw his effort sailing wide of the target in the 17th minute.
Ibrahim showed his quality between the posts in the 24th minute when he came cleverly off of his line to deny Fandje for a corner as the striker beat the Niger defence using his pace.
Right after the 30th minute, Habibou Sofiane tried to beat Guinea's keeper Mohamed Camara after a brilliant run in the box, but the net minder was awake to collect the shot with ease.
Despite both sides challenging for dominance, chances were few and far in the opening half as they went to the tunnel with no goals.
However, Fandje continued to cause headaches for the Niger defence when he broke free in the 50th minute, only to be denied by the well-positioned Ibrahim.
Five minutes later, Guinea managed to break the deadlock when Fandje netted from a close range in the box after receiving a defence splitting pass, 1-0.
Against the run of play, Marou Ibrahim managed to equalise for the Young Menas in the 63rd minute after finishing a wonderful lay-off from the right flank, beating Camara on his right post, 1-1.
But Guinea showed resilience when Abdourahamane Bah ensured the Young Syli Nationale regained their lead when he made it 2-1 four minutes later - netting with a powerful shot.
The third goal for Guinea came through Fandje who completed his brace in the 75th minute after a brilliant set piece which left Niger's defence looking stunned, 3-1.
The defeat for the Young Menas sees them finishing as number four in the junior continental tournament, but will participate at the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup in India in October.