Dar es Salaam. Will the national Under-17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys, qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) semi-finals?
This is a multi-million shillings question on the lips of many soccer fans ahead of today’s crucial clash against Angola.
The Group A match kicks off at 4pm at the National Stadium.
Serengeti Boys need not only maximum points, but also pray that Nigeria notch up a win of at least three clear goals against Uganda in another Group A clash at the Azam Complex.
A win by four clear goals for the hosts, will see them qualify for the semi-finals should Nigeria thrash the Ugandans.
For Nigeria, today’s match against Uganda is a mere formality game as they already have booked a place in the last four.
The five-time Under-17 Afcon champions launched their campaign in the finals with a 5-4 win against hosts Serengeti Boys.
In their second match, they squeezed a 1-0 win against Angola to qualify for the Afcon semi-finals and Fifa Under-17 World Cup.
Uganda, who are making their first appearance in the finals, sit second with three points following their 3-0 win against Serengeti Boys.
In their first match, the Ugandans lost 1-0 to Angola.
Uganda tie on three points with third-placed Angola, but they are ahead on goal difference.
Two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
Serengeti coach, Oscar Mirambo said yesterday that his team still has a chance to sail through.
to sail through.
He said has rectified the weaknesses he noted during their first two games.
“It is always painful to lose two consecutive games at home turf,” Mirambo said.
“Take it from me, we will not afford another defeat tomorrow (today),” he added.
Meanwhile, Cameroon has teams that have qualified for the Under-17 Fifa World Cup to be held in Brazil in October.
Cameroon top Group B on six points, three ahead of Guinea, while Morocco and Senegal have a point each.