Zambia wins under 20 Afcon as they neutralise Senegalese ‘juju’

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The 2017 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations came to a close this evening with hosts Zambia defeating Senegal 2-0 in the final played at the National Heroes Stadium thanks to first half goals by Patson Daka and Edward Chilufya.
The match was however punctuated with drama on two occasions as Senegalese players where suspected of using juju.
During Senegal’s semi final match with Guinea there was another incidence of Senegalese players exchanging suspected juju which led to Guinea players complaining to the referee.
One player had to be forced by the referee to remove something he had put under his wrist band while another one was seen pulling something from his socks and throwing it in the Zambian net but Zambian players protested and quickly threw it out of the net.
During Senegal’s semi final match with Guinea there was another incidence of Senegalese players exchanging suspected juju which led to Guinea players complaining to the referee.
It was Zambia’s first continental title at youth level and their second after the Africa Cup of Nations title won by their senior team in 2012.
It was the second time Senegal had played in the final at this level, their previous appearance having come two years ago on home soil when they lost 1-0 to Nigeria. The defeat to Zambia was the first for Francois Koto’s men since 2015.
In this evening’s intriguing encounter, it was Patson Daka who opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he reacted instinctively to tap home from point blank range after goalkeeper Lamine Sarr failed to handle Fashion Sakala’s squared pass at near post.
The second goal arrived in the 35th minute when Sarr was forced to leave his position to make a clearance at the top of the box but his intentions were thwarted when the ball deflected off an on-rushing Edward Chilufya, into an unguarded net for the hosts to take a comfortable lead at the break.
The second half started with Senegal creating good chances but their search for goals was met with man-of-the-match goalkeeper Mangani Banda keeping out all efforts that were fired at the Zambian goal.
In the third place play-off played earlier at the same venue Guinea defeated South Africa 2-1 to finish as Bronze medallists.
All four semi-finalists have automatically qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be hosted in Korea Republic from 20 May to 11 June.
The draw for the Fifa U-20 World Cup will be conducted on Wednesday, March 15.

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