He described Guinea an exciting prospect after a pulsating goalless draw at Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville on Saturday secured semi-final spot for the Le Syli Cadets of, adding he was delighted with the standard exhibited by teams so far at the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.
Africa lead the all-time record chart at the U-17 level with Nigeria and Ghana hauling an impressive seven trophies and India 2017 will be Black Starlets’ ninth appearance for a competition they won in 1991 in Italy and 1995 in Ecuador. It would be fourth appearance for the Les Syli Cadet whose best performance was fourth place finish at the maiden U-16 tournament in China.
“There is a big hope that African football will be well represented well at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India,” assured Fabian. “I have praises for Camara (Souleymane) because he has a very good team and they prepared well; and I think they got what they wanted-a point from this match; they will do well in India.”
Speaking in the same vein, Souleymane said his wards would equally be ready for the assault at the World Cup: “Our objective today was to win the match unfortunately it did not work out; we are contented with the point collected that gives us a good position in the final group standing and we want to continue displaying this kind of football even when we go to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.”
Aguibou Camara (Total Man of the Match, Guinea)
I am happy to collect this award. I did not know that my performance could land me out for this award. It is good that the technical people are following our performances. I can’t talk about the final result. Our coach has the final say on such technical matters. However, we all deployed tactics as advised by our coach.
Souleymane Camara (Head coach, Guinea)
I congratulate both teams for qualifying to the semifinals of the tournament. We played a team that was very tactical and made life very difficult for us during the game. We tried our best to breakthrough but in the end, the draw still made our boys happy.
Samuel Fabian (Head coach, Ghana)
Our display was lacking in some areas as six of my players were hit by malaria. However, when I noticed Guinea were showing some quality in the game, I brought on two players to reinforce the team and this neutralized any possible threats by Guinea. They prepared well against our team and I think they got what they wanted-a point from this match.