Mogadishu, Somalia – (African Boulevard News) – It was a historic moment for Somalia as they clinched their first-ever point at the TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations, after playing to a 1-1 draw with Congo in their second Group A match.
The game started with both teams trying to find their rhythm, with Congo enjoying the lion’s share of possession. However, it was Somalia who took the lead in the 24th minute through a fantastic left-footed strike from Mohamed Mohamud.
The goal sparked wild celebrations on the Somali bench and among the fans watching at home, as they savored the moment of their first-ever goal in the competition.
However, Congo responded with an equalizer just before halftime, as Sauveur Nkouka scored a well-placed header from a corner kick to make it 1-1.
In the second half, both teams continued to push for the winning goal, with Somalia coming close on a number of occasions, but the Congo defense held firm.
Speaking after the game, Somalia’s coach, Mohamed Abdulle, expressed his joy at the result, saying “It’s a great feeling to get our first point in the tournament and a historic moment for our country. We played well and the boys deserved it. We hope to keep improving and who knows what can happen in the next game.”
This result comes after Somalia’s 3-0 defeat to Cameroon in their opening game, and they will now face another tough test against group leaders Senegal in their final group game.
The draw also raises hopes of a brighter future for Somali football, which has been hampered by years of conflict and insecurity. Football has played an important role in bringing communities together, and this result will no doubt inspire the next generation of Somali footballers.
In summary, Somalia’s first-ever point in the TotalEnergies U17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament is a moment of great pride for the nation, and a huge boost for the development of football in the country. The players, coach and fans will cherish this historic moment for years to come.