Yaounde, Cameroon – (African Boulevard News) – The TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Algeria saw defending champions Cameroon exit at the group stages, but the Indomitable Cubs left a lasting impression on most. Despite their early departure, Cameroon won hearts in Annaba and beyond.
Cameroon entered the tournament as defending champions, but their campaign was short-lived. The Indomitable Cubs finished third in Group B after winning one game, drawing one, and losing one. They were knocked out of the tournament, but they earned respect from fans and opponents alike.
In their opening game, Cameroon beat Senegal 1-0. But the defending champions were brought back down to earth in their second match as they were beaten 2-0 by Guinea. Cameroon needed a win against Morocco in their final group game to progress to the quarter-finals, but they could only manage a 0-0 draw.
Despite their early exit, Cameroon showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the tournament. They had a talented squad that included promising youngsters like Alain Thierry Akono, who was named in the tournament’s Best XI. The young striker scored Cameroon’s only goal of the tournament against Senegal and was a constant threat for opposition defences.
Cameroon’s coach Anicet Mbarga Foe was disappointed with the team’s early exit but praised his players for their performances. “We came here to defend our title, but unfortunately we didn’t make it past the group stages. However, I am proud of my players for their efforts. They gave everything on the pitch, and I think we leave here with our heads held high,” said Foe.
The TotalEnergies U17 AFCON was a competitive tournament that showcased some of the continent’s best young talent. The final will be contested by Burkina Faso and Nigeria on Sunday, 28 March. Both teams have impressed throughout the tournament, and the final promises to be a thrilling encounter.
In conclusion, despite Cameroon’s early exit from the TotalEnergies U17 AFCON, they won hearts in Annaba and beyond. The Indomitable Cubs may not have retained their title, but they showed their class and talent throughout the tournament. The future looks bright for Cameroon’s young team, and they will undoubtedly bounce back from this disappointment. Congratulations to Burkina Faso and Nigeria for making it to the final, and we look forward to an exciting match on Sunday.