Picture : Lamine Camara won the CHAN and now the CAF U20 !

Senegal score historic quartet in one year.    

Senegal football is clearly headed for the skies with the winning of the TotalEnergies CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2023. That victory that adds onto the achievement at the 2022 AFCON, Beach Soccer and 2022 CHAN, respectively, in Cameroon, Mozambique and Algeria in just one year is historic by IFFHS standards as it is the first time an African country is achieving that: call it double brace or a quartet.

The Young Teranga Lions duplicated the performances of their seniors when they defeated the Young Scorpions of Gambia in the final game at Cairo International Stadium on Saturday, 2-0. Two headers, one by Sulaymane Faye in the  6th minute and then by Mamadou Camara in the 56th minute ensured victory for the side  which had previously finished runners-up in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The performance by the Young Teranga Lions received a seductive coating with the overwhelming individual accolades they tallied at dusk: Best player(Lamine Camara); Golden boot(Pape Demba Diop), Best goalkeeper(Landing Badji). Nigeria took the Fair play trophy and bronze medal as well.

In review, the scores registered during the tournament that ran from February 19 to March 11 in Egypt were as follows:   

Group Stage: Senegal 1 0 Nigeria, Uganda 2 1 Central Africa Republic, South Sudan 1 2 Congo, Gambia 1 0 Tunisia, Benin 1 1 Zambia, Mozambique 0 3 Senegal, Nigeria 1 0 Egypt, Central Africa Republic 0 1 South Sudan, Congo 2 2 Uganda, Tunisia 0 0 Benin, Zambia 0 2 Gambia, Mozambique 0 2 Nigeria, Egypt 0 4 Senegal, Uganda 0 0 South Sudan, Central Africa Republic 0 0 Congo, Gambia 1 0 Benin, Tunisia 2 0 Zambia.                             

 ¼ Finals: Senegal 1 0 Benin, Uganda 0 1 Nigeria, Gambia 5 0 SSD, Congo 3(4) 3(5) Tunisia.                                                                                                                                                               ½ Finals Senegal 3 0 Tunisia, Nigeria 0 1 Gambia,                                                                       

3rd spot: Tunisia 0 4 Nigeria.                                                                                                                                        

Final:Senegal 2 0 Gambia. 

Raja CA, Monsatir, Mamelodi Sundowns dominate CAF Clubs group stages.    

There are two more playing days to close the group phases of both the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions. The update of days 4 of 6 of both tournaments after 4 games to complete the playing day show a 3-1 victory at home of Rivers United over Motema Pembe in the Confederation Cup; and then the following three results in the Champions League: JS Kabylie 2 1 Vita Club; Petro de Luanda 0 2 Wydad AC; Mamelodi Sundowns 5 2 Al Ahly.

Before match days 5 of 6 scheduled for March 17, 18 this is how the various groups stand:

Champions League:                                                                                                                              

A – Wydad AC(9pts), JS Kabylie(7pts), Petro de Luanda(4pts), Vita Club(3pts).                              

B – Mamelodi Sundowns(10pts), Al- Hilal(9pts), Al Ahly(4pts), Coton Sport(0pt).                            

C – Raja CA(12pts), Simba(6pts), Horoya(4pts), Vipers(1pt).                                                                

D – ES Tunis(9pts), CR Belouizdad(6pts), Zamalek(4pts), Al-Merrikh(4pts).

Confederation Cup:                                                                                                                           

A – Gallants(9pts), USM Alger(7pts), St. Eloi Lupopo(4pts), Al Akhdar(2pts).                                      

B – Rivers United(9pts), ASEC(7pts), Diables Noirs(4pts), Motema Pembe(2pts).                             

C – Pyramids(8pts), ASFAR(7pts), Future(5pts), ASKO(1pt).                                                              

D – Monastir(10pts), Young Africans(7pts), TP Mazembe(3pts), Réal Bamako(2pts).