Cameroon and Niger have intensified preparations for the impending 12th edition of the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017.
The Cameroons travelled to Niamey last week to engage their Nigerien counterparts in two friendly matches to gauge their readiness for the continental championship scheduled for 14-28 May 2017 in the Gabonese cities of Franceville and Port Gentil.
The two teams faced off at the same venue three days later, Monday (26 March 2017) and it ended one-all. Sanda Karim gave the hosts the lead again on the half-hour mark from the spot before Stephan Zobo grabbed the equalizer on 79 minutes.
Cameroon coach Bertin Ebwelle and his Nigerien counterpart, Soumaila Tiemogo were impressed with the output of their respective sides in the two meetings.
Cameroon are housed in Group A with host Gabon, Ghana and Guinea to be based in Franceville.
On the otherhand, Niger will have to contend Angola, Mali and Tanzania in the Port Gentil-based Group B.
The semi-finalists will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 World Cup later in the year in India.