18 April 2019 06:46
Cameroon came from behind to beat Morocco 2-1 in a their Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Group B Match Day two on Thursday afternoon at Chamazi Stadium, few miles outside Dar es Salaam city.
A brace from substitute, Ismaila Seidou was enough for Cameroon to get maximum points and edge closer to a place at the last four, which will eventually mean qualification to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil later in the year.
Morocco had a good chance to score the opener in the 17th minute but Tawfik Bentayeb’s shot inside the box was blocked to corner. Bentayeb then open the deadlock and give Morocco the lead two minutes later after received a pass from Mohammed Essahel, and curlinU17 g past Cameroon goalie Manfred Ekoi.
Cameroon had two more chances to score the equalizer in the first half but efforts from Patrice Ngolna and Steve Mvoue bore no fruit, similar to their counterparts Morocco, who led by a goal at the interval.
The Moroccans resumed on a high but Cameroon goalie, Ekoi was superb and denied Essahel and Haitam Abaida in the first ten minutes. Cameroon came close to score the equalizer in the 54th minute but a Daouda Amadou effort was easy for Morocco goalie, Taha Mourid.
Cameroon put more pressure on Morocco goal, building its attack from all sides but Morocco goalie was up to task to deny them four more chances before Seidou who replaced Nassourou Ben Hamed on 66 minutes, netted the equalizer in the seven minutes with a shot from close range.
With the game heading for a stalemate, Seidou ensured Cameroon had the last laugh. After robbing Moroccan defender Achraf Ramzi of the ball, Seidou rounded Mourid before slotting into the yawning net in added-on time to seal victory for the Cameronians, their second straight win at the tournament.
Cameroon has six points from two games whilst Morocco has just a point. Senegal, who have a point and pointless Guinea face off in their Group B clash later at the same venue.
Total Man of the Match: Ismaila Seidou (Cameroon)
Ismaila Seidou (Forward, Cameroon)
It was good for me to score the equalizer for my team, but I feel great that I also scored the match winner that put us in good chance of going to the FIFA U17 Word Cup. My coach told me that today I will not start because he wanted to give me chance in the last 20 minutes and I am happy that I did well.
Jamal Sellami (Head Coach, Morocco)
It was a tough game for us. We had some injured players that could not feature and others got injured during the game. We saw that there was lack of experience in our team but we could not effect substitution because our key players weren’t there. Cameroon are physical and it made things tough for us. We had chances to win the game earlier but we couldn’t, that’s football.
Thomas Libiih (Head Coach, Cameroon)
We knew from beginning that Morocco play good football and we expected a tough game. I told my boys just to be there, be athletic and play well that we get a positive result. I am happy for my boys; they did a great job today.