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    Mali: Dejected Striker Ange Martial Tia Proud of Teammates’ Effort Despite Heartbreaking Loss in U-17 AFCON Semis

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    Bamako, Mali – (African Boulevard News) – Malian forward Ange Martial Tia was left disappointed after his team’s defeat in the TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), but remained proud of his teammates’ effort. The young African striker, who was a key figure in the tournament, was unable to contain his emotions after the elimination.

    Mali faced off against the Ivory Coast in the semi-finals of the tournament, which was held in Morocco. The match ended in a 1-0 victory for the Ivory Coast, sending Mali to the third-place play-off. Ange Martial Tia, who scored four goals in the competition, was unable to find the back of the net in the play-off, with the game ending in a 2-0 victory for Cameroon.

    “It’s tough to lose, especially in a tournament like this,” Tia said in a post-match interview. “We did everything we could, but sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in. I am proud of my teammates and what we achieved here.”

    Despite the disappointment of the loss, Tia was full of praise for his teammates and the tournament organisers. He also expressed his gratitude to Malian fans for their unwavering support throughout the competition.

    “I want to thank our fans for their incredible support. They were with us every step of the way, and it really meant a lot to us. We wanted to win this tournament for them, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

    The TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations is a biennial continental youth football tournament, which features the best U-17 teams from across Africa. The tournament provides young players with an opportunity to showcase their talent on a big stage and potentially secure a move to a bigger club.

    While Ange Martial Tia was disappointed with the outcome of the tournament, he remains optimistic about his future in the game. He believes that the experience gained from competing in the TotalEnergies U-17 Africa Cup of Nations will help him in his development as a player.

    “I have learned a lot from this tournament, both on and off the pitch,” Tia said. “I am looking forward to continuing to work hard and improve. Who knows, maybe one day I will be back here with Mali and we will go all the way.”

    The tournament was ultimately won by the Ivory Coast, who defeated Cameroon in the final to secure their second U-17 Africa Cup of Nations title.

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