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U-17 World Cup: Ghana 2-0 Niger – As it happened – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 15:23


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 U-17 World Cup last 16 match between Ghana and Niger from the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+6′ – Full time – Done and dusted, Ghana are deserved winners and will face fellow Africans Mali in the quarterfinals on Saturday! A brave effort from Niger, who can take pride from having made it to the second round in their tournament debut.

90+2′ – Yellow card – Niger’s Soumana booked for a rash challenge in midfield.

90+1′ – Substitution – Niger’s second change sees Wa Massamba make way for Hamid Galissoune.

90′ – GOAL! Ghana 2-0 Niger – Danso with a superb long-range strike to make it 2-0 and that has surely killed off Niger!

86′ – Penalty saved! Ayiah takes the spot kick and looks for the same part of the net he scored in from the first half, but Lawali makes a fine save this time!

85′ – Substitution – Richard Danso replaces Toku in Ghana’s final change.

84′ – Penalty! Another spot kick to Ghana, with Idrissa tripping Toku in the box. A clear foul, no doubt about it, and this is Ghana’s chance to kill off Niger.

81′ – Lawali and Yakubu collide at a Ghana corner kick. It’s adjudged a foul from the Black Starlets player and both are down receiving treatment.

78′ – Substitution – Mohammed Iddriss replaces Gyamfi in Ghana’s second change.

77′ – Substitution – Karim Tinni replaces Sofiane in Niger’s first change.

76′ – Niger ‘keeper Lawali is now down and calling for treatment. We’ve had several injury breaks in this second half…

73′ – Mensah crosses from the right, Arko-Mensah gets up to meet the ball but sends his header well off target.

70′ – Twenty minutes of regulation time to play. Ghana’s one-goal lead is a perilous one, though Niger have yet to really threaten in the final third.

66′ – Mensah with the miss of the tournament, somehow putting the ball over the bar from just a metre or so out! It was easier to score than put it over!

65′ – Toku with a great dummy to open space for a curling shot which is well saved by Lawali! The best moment of the second half so far.

64′ – Substitution – Ghana’s first change sees the injured Owusu make way for John Otu.

62′ – Owusu has gone down for Ghana and he’s calling for a substitution.

61′ – Past the hour mark in Navi Mumbai, Ghana hold the advantage thanks to Eric Ayiah’s penalty late in the first half.

58′ – Ghana’s Toku receiving some treatment after suffering a kick to the right shin. He’ll be stretchered off and that could well be the end of his game…

56′ – Ghana with a sustained spell of pressure, but as Ayiah tries to get a shot away on the edge of the box he is crowded out by several orange-clad defenders.

52′ – Niger blow a great attacking opportunity with an over-hit pass. The Young Menas have wasted several such chances through the match.

48′ – Yellow card – Ghana’s Mensah is booked for a rough aerial challenge.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+5′ – Half time – Ghana lead at the break thanks to that late, late penalty. Given the Black Starlets’ dominance, you’d say they are good value for their one-goal advantage.

45+4′ – GOAL! Ghana 1-0 Niger – Ayiah dusts himself off and coolly finishes from the penalty to put Ghana ahead!

45+3′ – Penalty! – Idrissa with a clear foul on Ayiah and Ghana have a spot kick late in the half!

45+1′ – Arko-Mensah with a chance to play in a dangerous cross from a free kick out wide, but the midfielder puts his delivery straight for a goal kick.

45′ – There will be four minutes of added time.

43′ – Namata makes a superb tackle on Arko-Mensah in the penalty area… he had to time that perfectly to prevent giving away a spot kick.

40′ – Lawali has to make a save from Yakubu’s awkward cross from the right flank which threatened to drift into the goal.

39′ – Toku with a fiercely-hit shot which is blocked by a defender, before Ayiah sends an effort high and wide from the rebound.

37′ – Snappy passing from Ghana to open up space for Sulley to shoot, his effort was scuffed at goal and comfortably saved by Lawali.

34′ – Ayiah with a sight of goal, but he snatches at it too quickly and slices the ball wide of the mark.

33′ – Niger’s Sofiane steps on the ankle of Toku and is perhaps a little fortunate not to be booked for that challenge.

30′ – Idrissa with a desperate clearance from Ayiah’s dangerous ball into the box. It seems only a matter of time until Ghana find a way through…

27′ – Ghana corner kick and goalkeeper Lawali makes an excellent punch under pressure. Ghana’s Owusu is penalised for an aerial foul on the gloves-man.

25′ – Fine play by Ghana, Arko-Mensah has a shot from the edge of the box and Lawali makes a super save to keep it at 0-0! The closest we’ve come to a goal in this match.

23′ – Midway through the first half, goalless in Navi Mumbai. Ghana have looked the better team thus far, but Niger are giving a good account of themselves.

19′ – Ayiah looks to sneak in behind to meet a long ball, but he’s penalised for a push on Niger defender Idrissa.

17′ – Great goalkeeping from Ghana’s Danlad as he comes off his line to emphatically punch clear a dangerous cross from Wa Massamba. Took a knock for his troubles, but he’ll be fine after a bit of treatment.

16′ – Past the quarter hour mark, still goalless between Ghana and Niger. No genuine chances at either end so far.

13′ – Niger’s Ibrahim looks set to break free on the counter attack, but Mensah comes across to make a strong sliding tackle.

10′ – Lovely footwork from Ghana’s Arko-Mensah down the left flank. The Black Starlets look much the more settled and confident side thus far.

8′ – Niger with a couple of corner kicks, but they don’t threaten Ghana from either of them. The Young Menas will need to make the most of their set pieces.

7′ – Gyamfi is back on his feet after some ‘magic spray’, looks like he’ll be okay.

6′ – Ghana’s Gyamfi looks to have picked up a knee and/or ankle injury in challenge with Sofiane.

4′ – Another corner for Ghana, this time Sulley gets a head on it but his effort is mis-timed and sent well wide of the target.

2′ – Early half chance for Ghana’s Sulley as he gets in behind the defence, but goalkeeper Lawali comes quickly off his line and ensures it’s only a corner kick.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Navi Mumbai! Ghana wear all-white, while Niger are in all-orange.

13h20 – A reminder that the winner of this match will meet Mali (who thrashed Iraq 5-1 yesterday) in an all-African quarterfinal on Saturday.

13h10 – Today’s clash will be handled by Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias.

13h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:

Ghana: Ibrahim Danlad, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Najeeb Yakubu, Eric Ayiah, Ibrahim Sulley, Emmanuel Toko, Gabriel Leveh, Bismark Owusu, Gideon Mensah, Rashid Alhassan, Isaac Gyamfi

Niger: Khaled Lawali, Yacine Wa Massamba, Nasser Mahaman, Farouk Idrissa, Inoussa Amadou, Habibou Sofiane, Kader Aboubacar, Rachid Soumana, Ibrahim Boubacar, Ibrahim Namata, Salim Abdourahmane

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Ghana U-17 coach: I believe we will beat Niger – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 14:30


Ghana U-17 coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has expressed confidence that his side will defeat Niger in their World Cup last 16 clash later today.

The Black Starlets will face the Young Menas at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, kick-off at 13h30 CAT.

Ghana were one of the more impressive teams in the pool stage, notably topping Group A head of Colombia and United States, while Niger only squeaked through as one of the best third-placed teams after finishing behind Brazil and Spain.

The teams have already met once this year, with the Black Starlets winning on penalties when the teams clashed in the semifinals of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations back in May.

“Niger are a very determined side and looking at the matches they played in the group stage, it was an improved game as compared to their performance in the AFCON U-17 in Gabon,” said Fabin, as quoted by GhanaWeb.

“It won’t be an easy game on Wednesday at all for both sides, but we have prepared well to advance to the next stage.

“We are ready for the battle, we have prepared the boys psychologically and moreover this is a knock out stage so we are approaching the game with a winning mentality.

“In an association football anything at all can happen, but I believe we will beat Niger on Wednesday.

“In Gabon we wasted chances against them before winning on penalties, but I hope we will win in regulation time this time.

“Nobody should underestimate the Nigeriens, it will be a difficult game but hopefully we shall win.”

The winners will face Mali (who defeated Iraq 5-1 in their last 16 clash on Tuesday) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

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Ghana overpower Niger to book quarterfinal berth

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Ghana overpower Niger to book quarterfinal berth

Colombia’s Brayan Gomez (L) in action against Ghana’s Emmanuel Toku (R) during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between Colombia and Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 06 October 2017. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 13:35


Ghana have advanced into the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup after they defeated fellow Africans Niger 2-0 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

The Black Starlets claimed victory thanks to goals from captain Eric Ayiah and super-sub Richard Danso late in each half. They will now face another African side, Mali, in their last eight clash in Guwahati on Saturday.

Ghana looked the more confident and settled team in the early stages, but they had to wait until the 25th minute for their first genuine effort on goal, with Edmund Arko-Mensah seeing his shot from the edge of the box parried away by Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali.

The Young Menas’ gloves-man made another save 12 minutes later when he got down to smother Ibrahim Sulley’s scuffed shot, as the Black Starlets continued to boss the game.

The first half looked set to end goalless, but in injury time Niger defender Farouk Idrissa clumsily fouled Eric Ayiah to give away a penalty. The Ghana captain took on the spot kick himself and coolly converted to see his side lead 1-0 at the break.

Similar to the first stanza, Ghana waited 20 minutes until their first notable effort on goal in the second, as Emmanuel Toku’s curling strike was turned away by Lawali.

The Black Starlets should have made it 2-0 a few moments later, but defender Gideon Mensah somehow put his close-range effort over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

Ghana blew another chance to double their lead in the dying minutes when they were awarded another penalty (for another clumsy foul by Idrissa). However, this time Ayiah was denied by Lawali.

Yet the penalty miss wasn’t a costly one for the Black Starlets, who killed off Niger’s challenge when substitute Richard Danso fired home a powerful long-range drive which burst past the hands of Niger’s goalkeeper on its way into the back of the net.

Ghana (1) 2 (Ayiah 45+4’ pen, Danso 90’)

Niger 0

Ghana: Danlad, Arko-Mensah, Yakubu, Ayiah, Sulley, Toku (Danso 85’), Leveh, Owusu (Otu 64’), Mensah, Alhassan, Gyamfi (Iddriss 78’)

Niger: Lawali, Wa Massamba (Galissoune 90+1’), Mahaman, Idrissa, Amadou, Sofiane (Tinni 77’), K. Aboubacar, Soumana, Boubacar, Namata, Abdourahmane

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Ghana, Niger set for all-African battle in last 16 – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India

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Ghana, Niger set for all-African battle in last 16

Ghana’s Sadiq Ibrahim (R) gestures during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between Colombia and Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 06 October 2017. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 13:00


Ghana and Niger will meet in an all-African last 16 clash at the U-17 World Cup, with their match set for the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday, kick-off at 13h30.

The Black Starlets booked their place in the knockout rounds by finishing top of a tricky Group A. The West Africans were tied on six points with both Colombia and the USA, but their superior goal difference (boosted by a 4-0 win over hosts India in the final round of pool games) saw them placed first.

Despite their strong showing thus far, Ghana have yet to really hit top gear and coach Paa Kwesi Fabin will hope that the do-or-die nature of knockout football inspires his charges to new heights.

The coach has partly blamed the gaze of scouts for his side failing to live up to their full potential: “When the players see that the scouts are around they want to impress, and even if someone is in a better position to score they act selfishly,” he explained.

“It is a big problem for us and we need to tell the boys that the better you play, the more you get recognised.”

Niger are one of the surprise qualifiers for the last 16, with the tournament debutants sneaking into the knockout rounds as one of the four best third-place finishers.

Niger beat North Korea 1-0 in their opening match before suffering 0-4 and 0-2 defeats to Spain and Brazil respectively. The Young Menas will need to bounce back

strongly from those disappointments if they are to pose a challenge to Ghana.

These teams met back in May in the semifinals of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations: the match in Port-Gentil, Gabon, ended in a goalless stalemate before the Black Starlets won 6-5 on penalties.

The winners will advance into the last eight and face either Mali or Iraq in the first quarterfinal on Saturday in Guwahati.

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Niger reach U17 World Cup last 16 – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 18:49


Brazil secured a 2-0 victory over Niger in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Group D match at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao, India on Friday.

The victory sees Brazil’s Junior Verde-Amarela advance to the last 16 as group winners, while the Junior Menas of Niger also advance to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams.

The Junior Verde-Amarela applied some pressure on the Junior Menas defence from the first minute as they searched for an early goal.

The South American side did find the goal they had been looking for after the Niger defence was exposed four minutes into the game.

Paulinho made good run down the right hand side and he played a low cross for Brenner, who scored with a tap in to make it 1-0 to Brazil.

The Junior Menas found it difficult to unlock the Junior Verde-Amarela defence which was marshalled by Lucas Halter.

It was soon 2-0 to Brazil after Lincoln beat Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali with a deflected free-kick in the 34th minute.

Brazil then suffered a blow on the stroke of half as Vitinho, their star midfielder, had to be substituted with the teenager looking sick.

However, Niger could not level matters as Brazil managed to contain the African side and the score was 2-0 to Junior Verde-Amarela at half-time.

Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao was the busier of the two shot-stoppers in the opening stages of the second-half as Niger looked to equalize.

Yacine Wa Massamba, the Niger midfielder, unleashed a powerful shot which was saved by Brazao in the 55th minute.

The Junior Verde-Amarela were losing balls in their own half and they were nearly punished by Massamba just after the hour-mark.

Brazao had to produce a wonderful diving save – parrying away the diminutive attacker’s thunderous effort from range.

The Junior Menas came very close to snatching a late goal with six minutes left, but once again Brazao was alert and he brilliantly finger-tipped Habibou Sofiane’s long range effort over the crossbar.

The match ended 2-0 in favour of Brazil, who managed to contain Niger in the dying minutes of the encounter.

Niger (0) 0

Brazil (2) 2 (Brenner 4′, Lincoln 34′)

Niger: Ibrahim, Idrissa, Hassane, Mossi, Moussa, Namata, Laba, Sofiane, Arzakou, Tinni (Abdourahmane 48′), Amoustapha (Marou 52′).

Brazil: Gabriel Brazão, Wesley, Vitão, Lucas Halter, Weverson (Luan Candido 82′), Marcos Antonio, Victor Bobsin, Paulinho (Rodrigo Nestor 74′), Vitinho (Helio Junio 45+2′), Lincoln, Brenner.

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Niger eye Brazil scalp in Group D clash – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Niger eye Brazil scalp in Group D clash

Spanish defender Jaume Mateu (L) duels for the ball against Niger’s midfielder Karim Tinni (R) during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group D soccer match between Spain and Niger at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India, 10 October 2017. EPA/PRAKASH ELAMAKKARA

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Oct 12, 2017. 16:00


Niger will face off with Brazil in their third encounter at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Friday.

Kick-off is at 16h30 CAT.

The Group D match will be played at the Fatorda Stadium in the Indian city of Margao.

Niger were thumped 4-0 by Spain in their last group match which was played in Kochi, India on Tuesday.

The defeat left the Junior Menas placed third on the Group D table with three points from two games. They are three points behind the leaders Brazil with one game left.

Karim Tinni Sanda, the Niger captain, will look to inspire the Junior Menas to victory over Brazil.

Meanwhile, Brazil secured a 2-0 win over North Korea in their last group match which was played in Kochi on Tuesday.

As a result, the Junior Verde-Amarela are placed at the top of the Group D standings with six points from two games. They have already qualified for the knockout stages.

Paulinho has scored in Brazil’s two games in this competition and he will look to help his side beat Niger.

Referee Bobby Madden, who hails from Scotland, will officiate the match between Niger and Brazil.

Niger will progress into the knockout stages if they win the game.

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Spain thump hapless Niger in Kochi – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Spanish midfielder Antonio Blanco (L) duels for the ball against Niger’s Habibou Sofiane (R) during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group D soccer match between Spain and Niger at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India, 10 October 2017. EPA/PRAKASH ELAMAKKARA

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 15:48


Spain thumped Niger 4-0 in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Group D match at the Jawaharlal Nehru in Kochi, India on Tuesday.

The victory takes the Junior Red Fury to the top of the group standings, while the Junior Menas slip down to third spot with one match left.

The Junior Red Fury looked dangerous each time they pushed forward and they managed to break the deadlock through Abel Ruiz.

The forward beat Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali from close range to make it 1-0 to Spain 21 minutes into the match.

The Junior Menas were struggling to contain the 2017 U17 European Championship winners, who doubled their lead in the 41st minute.

It was Ruiz once again who scored for the Junior Red Fury as he fired home to make it 2-0 to Spain after Niger had failed to clear the ball away.

Niger found it difficult to beat Spain keeper Alvaro Fernandez with the half-time break fast approaching.

The score was 3-0 to Spain at the interval after Cesar Gelabert fired past Lawali from close range on the stroke of half-time.

The Junior Red Fury were happy to keep possession in their own half in the opening stages of the second-half.

Niger coach Soumaila Tiemogo reacted by introducing lanky striker Hamid Galissoune a minute after the hour-mark.

Lawali had to produced a fantastic save to deny Cesar 10 minutes later as the Europeans looked to extend their lead.

However, the Junior Red Fury did extend their lead through Sergio Gomez, who beat Lawali with a low shot in the 82nd minute.

Niger could not snatch a late consolation goal and ultimately, Spain secured a 4-0 victory on the day.

Niger (0) 0

Spain (3) 4 (Ruiz 21′, 41′, Cesar 45+1′, Gomez 82′)

Niger: Lawali, Idrissa, Mossi, Moussa, Namata, Laba (Amoustapha 77′), Sofiane, Arzakou, Tinni (Galissoune 61′), Marou, Abdourahmane.

Spain: Fernández, More, Miranda, Guillamón, Víctor, Antonio Blanco (Garcia 70′), Moha, César (Alonso 79′), Torres, Ruiz (Diaz 84′), Gómez.

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Niger look to stun European champs Spain – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup – India

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Monday Oct 09, 2017. 18:00


Niger will square off with Spain in their second game at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Tuesday.

Kick-off is at 13h30 CAT.

The Group D encounter will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the Indian city of Kochi.

The Junior Menas secured a 1-0 win over North Korea in their first match which was played in Kochi on Saturday.

The victory left the tournament-debutants placed second on the Group D standings with three points. They are only behind the leaders Brazil on goal-difference.

Salim Abdourahmane, who scored Niger’s goal against North Korea, will be keen to inspire the 2017 U17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) fourth-placed finishers to victory over Spain.

Meanwhile, Spain suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brazil in their maiden game which was played in Kochi on Saturday.

As a result, the Junior Red Fury are placed third on the Group D table without a single point. They are only ahead of fourth-placed North Korea on goal-difference.

The 2017 U17 European Championship winners will look to their inspirational captain Abel Ruiz when they take on Niger.

Referee Enrique Cáceres, who hails from Paraguay, will be in charge of the game between Niger and Spain.

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Niger secure historic win in U17 World Cup – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 18:36


Niger edged out North Korea 1-0 in their first match at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup which was played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday.

The victory takes debutants Niger to second spot on the Group D standings, while North Korea are placed third on the table.

North Korea’s Junior Chollima were looking to beat Niger’s diminutive goalkeeper Khaled Lawali from range in the opening stages of the match.

Yun Min, the North Korea captain, saw his long range effort miss the target, before hitting the crossbar with Lawali well-beaten.

Junior Chollima coach Kim Yong-su made the first change of the match in the 34th minute with Kung Jin-Song being replaced by Ri Kang-Guk.

Yacine Wa Massamba, Niger’s right-back, made a good forward run, but his low shot was easily saved by North Korea keeper Sin Tae-Song just before the break.

As a result, the score was 0-0 between Niger and North Korea in the Indian city of Kochi.

The Junior Menas were the better side in the opening exchanges of the second-half and they deservedly broke the deadlock.

Salim Abdourahmane was the player, who made history when he fired past Song to make it 1-0 to Niger in the 59th minute.

This was Niger’s first ever goal in the U17 World Cup finals with Habibou Sofiane grabbing a well deserved assist after some good work in the right hand side.

The Junior Chollima had a chance to level matters in 72nd minute, but Kwon Nam-Hyok’s low shot was well saved by Lawali.

At the other end, the Junior Menas should have doubled their lead, but Ibrahim Boubacar Marou was denied by Song, before Abdourahmane missed the target from close range.

North Korea could not snatch a late equalizing goal in the closing stages and ultimately, Niger won 1-0 – securing their first ever victory in U17 World Cup finals.

Niger (0) 1 (Abdourahmane 59′)

North Korea (0) 0

Niger: Khaled; Yacine, Farouk, Sofiane, Alfari (Kader 29′), Karim, Djibrilla, Rachid (Mahamane 77′), Ibrahim (Hamid 88′), Namata, Salim.

N.Korea: Song, Sok, Tam, Kwang Sok, Hun, Hwang (Kwang Min 82′), Jin, Jin Song (Kang Guk 34′ Pom Hyok 79′), C.Kwang, Min, Hyok.

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Tiemogo: Niger will make people talk in India – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Friday Oct 06, 2017. 18:00


Niger coach Soumaila Tiemogo says he cannot guarantee that the Junior Menas will go on to win the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup title in India.

The Junior Menas made history when they qualified for the finals for the first time after finishing fourth at the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

As a result, Niger were pitted against Korea DPR, Brazil and Spain in Group D, and Tiemogo spoke to FIFA.com ahead of the global competition.

“Unlike senior level, when you know who the star players are, it’s harder to judge in youth football,” said Tiemogo.

“If you asked Niger to knock out Ghana or Gabon at senior level, you’d doubt they could do it. But that’s just what we did at junior level. There’s a lot of talent in Niger.”

The Junior Menas will take on Korea in their first Group D match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India on Saturday.

“I can’t guarantee that we’ll go on and win the competition but I can guarantee that we’ll make people talk about us, just like we did in Africa,” he added.

“Maybe we can’t work miracles, but we can do our best.”

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U17 World Cup debutants Niger face North Korea – 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup

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Ibrahim Boubacar Moussa of Niger challenged by Mohammed Iddriss of Ghana during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Ghana and Niger at the Port Gentil Stadium, Gabon on 24 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 15:00


Niger will take on North Korea in their first encounter of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16h30 CAT.

The Group D game will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India.

Niger secured their place in the U17 World Cup after finishing fourth at the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

Soniantcha striker Ibrahim Boubacar Marou, who netted two goals at the U17 AFCON finals, will be looking to inspire Niger to victory over North Korea.

The Junior Menas are under the guidance of Ismaila Tiemoko and they are making their first appearance in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, North Korea qualified for the U17 World Cup after finishing fourth at the 2016 Asian Under-16 Championship.

Kye Tam of Pyongyang International Football School scored four goals for North Korea at the Championship and he will be hoping to help his side beat Niger.

Kim Yong-su, is the Junior Chollima coach, and the Asian side’s best performance in the U17 World Cup was in 2005 – reaching the quarter-finals.

This will be the first meeting between Niger and North Korea in the U17 World Cup.

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Niger claim bronze medal at 2017 WAFU

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Niger claim bronze medal at 2017 WAFU

Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrating goal during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger v Benin in Cape Coast, Ghana on 24 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 17:57


A goal in each half from Idrissa Halidou and Victorien Adebayor handed Niger the bronze medal at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations after beating Benin 2-1 in a third/fourth place play-off match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 24.

It was a slow start from both teams with the first shot on goal coming in the 12th minute courtesy of Benin’s Charbel Gomez, but his 22-yard pile-driver was brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Ten minutes later Niger had their first sight on goal when Boubacar Magid met a corner-kick with a strong header, but his effort went just over the target.

On the half hour mark the Menas took the lead when Idrissa Halidou met a low right-wing cross from Boubacar Hainikoye and expertly turned the ball home from 12-yards out, 1-0.

Benin suffered a further set-back two minutes later when Ibrahim Ogoulola left the field injured and was replaced by Idrissou Saliou.

Niger finished the half the stronger of the two sides with Victorien Adebayor almost doubling their lead two minutes before the break after meeting a cross from the left with a thunderous 14-yard volley, but his effort shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

Ten minutes into the second half Benin were the first to threaten, but Charbel Gomez saw his 22-yard free go just over the target.

Ten minutes later Charbel Gomez was in the thick of the action again with another powerful long range shot which the Niger keeper spilled into the path of Jacques Bessan, but he fired wide from close range.

The final 20 minutes saw Benin push forward in search of an equaliser and in doing so left themselves exposed at the back, a fact Niger took full advantage of with a counter-attack in the 85th minute which saw Victorien Adebayor find the back of the net, 2-0.

Benin did find some consolation in the dying seconds of the game when Nabil Yarou poked the ball home following a goalmouth scramble, 2-1.

Benin (0) 1 (Yarou 90’)

Niger (1) 2 (Halidou 29’, Adebayor 85’)

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Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou (2. Adjanakou 60’), 6. Yarou, 5. Salmon, 12. Bah-Yere, 13. Osseni (14. Bessan 52’), 4. Hougbedji, 8. Mama, 15. Ogoulola (9. Saliou 32’), 11. Gomez , 19. Elegbede.

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 22. Losseini, 3. Lebene,17. Souley, 5. Adamou (14. Ganiyu 75’), 19. Khaido, 20. Hainikoye, 12. Dela, 23. Boubacar, 10. Halidou (4. Masour 58’), 9. Hinsa, 11. Victorien.

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Elephants forget how to score against Niger – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Elephants forget how to score against Niger

Victorien Adje Adebayor. Z of Niger challenged by Jimoh Sherif Olatunde of Ivory Coast during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Niger and Ivory Coast at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Sunday Sep 17, 2017. 19:05


Cote d’Ivoire have forgotten how to score after going without a goal for a second game in a row after playing to a 0-0 draw against Niger in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 17.

Niger had the first scoring chance in the fifth minute when a mistake by the Elephants keeper saw him spill the ball into the path of Victorien Adebayor, but he fired over from just inside the box with an empty at his mercy.

Ten minutes later Victorien Adebayor was gifted another golden chance to score when he broke through on goal, but with just the keeper to beat he fluffed his shot allowing Jean Malcik Ble Zadi to make an easy save.

In the 24th minute Cote d’Ivoire fashioned their first sight on goal when Ousmane Ouattara met a corner-kick, but he headed over the target from two yards out when it looked easier to score.

In the 39th minute Niger suffered a bit of a set-back when Abdoul Boubacar had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Ibrahim Mansour.

Still, despite the disappointment of losing a player to injury, Niger created a great chance a minute later when a good passing move saw Idrissa Halidou meet a low cross from the right, but his 12-yard effort sailed inches over the target.

The half ended 0-0.

The second half started a little slowly with chances on goal at a bare minimum.

The first decent chance came on the hour mark when Victorien Adebayor created some space for himself 22-yards out, but his stinging shot went just wide of the goal.

Cote d’Ivoire saw a lot of the ball, but struggled to create decent openings on goal and had to shoot from range with one such effort coming in the 78th minute courtesy of Idrissa Halidou, but his shot was well-saved by the keeper.

Four minutes later Niger were on the attack with a long range effort from Abdoul Karim Cissoko shaving the wrong side of the post.

Both sides pushed forward in the final ten minutes, but neither could find a winning goal as the game ended goalless.

The result leaves Niger on four points in Group B while Cote d’Ivoire have one point.

Niger (0) 0

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0

Teams

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (9. Hinsa 93’), 23. Boubacar (4. Mansour 39’), 12. Dela, 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (13. S Moussa 62’).

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 8. Diarra, 3. Gonazo, 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. Bi N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 93’), 15. P N’Guessan (7. Gnangbo 81’).

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Niger tame Teranga Lions with deathly goal – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Dela Sakou Souleymane of Niger challenged by Alhassane Ndao of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Niger at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 18:56


An 89th minute goal from Hinsa Issoufou stole victory for Niger at the death as they beat Senegal 2-1 in their opening Group B match of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

There was a nice cut and thrust to the game early on with both sides pushing players forward in attack.

Niger created the first scoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Hainikoye Boubacar broke through on goal, but he fired straight at the keeper from 14-yards out.

Ten minutes later Senegal threatened when Assane Mbodji created space inside the box for himself with a quick turn, but his 16-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the crossbar.

In the 28th minute Senegal were on the attack again when Alassane Ndao played Amadou Dia Ndiaye through on goal, but he was thwarted by the goalkeeper from close range.

A minute later Niger took the lead when Victorien Adje Adebayor showed great determination to chase down a ball that looked to be going out and superbly fired the ball home from 16-yards out from an acute angle on the right, 1-0.

Senegal tried to find an equaliser before the break and threw players forward, but the Niger defence held firm to take a one goal lead into the break.

The Teranga Lions continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded for their efforts on the hour mark when Assane Mbodji expertly turned home a left wing cross from Daouda Dieme with a clinical 12-yard volley, 1-1.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that, but Niger nearly re-took the lead in the 81st minute when Victorien Adebayor let fly from 20-yards out, but his pile-driver went inches wide of the post.

A minute from time substitute Hinsa Issoufou stole the victory at the death when he turned home a low right wing cross from close range, 2-1.

Senegal (0) 1 (Mbodji 61’)

Niger (1) 2 (Adebayor 29’, Issoufou 89’)

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Mohamed Kante , 9. Diene, 12. Fadel Barry, 8. Bara (11. D Ndiaye 45’), 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 2. Ndao (10. M Marone 49’), 22. Mbodj, 18. Ndiaye (14. Djitte 77’).

Niger coach: Francois Zahoui Gagui Victor

Niger: 16. K Daouda, 3. Lebene, 15. Abdoulaye, 18. Dankwae, 17. Souley, 8. M Daouda (13. S Moussa 56’), 23. Boubacar, 12. Dela (9. Issoufou 71’), 20. Hainikoye, 11. Victorien, 10. Halidou (19. Assadeh 79’).

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Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017

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Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot

Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrate goal with team mate during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Tournament. Between Burkina Faso v Niger in Cape Coast, Ghana on 10 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 18:56


A second half goal from Idrissa Halidou handed Niger a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in a Last 16, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 10.

The match started a little slowly with both sides squandering possession in the final third of the field.

The first real chance on goal came in the 17th minute when Niger’s Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana cut in from the left flank, beating one defender before firing just over the target from 20-yards out.

Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana was at it again eight minutes later when a powerful shot from the edge of the box deflected inches wide of the goal.

Burkina Faso came within inches of taking the lead on the half hour mark when Romeo Boni met a low left-wing cross from David Emmanuel Gora, but his eight-yard shot struck the crossbar.

The tournament saw its first goal from open play four minutes later when Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana showed great strength to fight off a defender and latch onto a through ball before duly lobbing the onrushing goalkeeper, 1-0.

Despite taking the lead, Niger suffered a bit of a set-back in the 40th minute when Hutmanu Ganiyu left the field injured and was replaced by Abdoul Moumouni Boubacar.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Niger.

Burkina Faso came out firing at the start of the second half and made their pressure tell on the hour mark when substitute Hassamy Sansan Dah turned home a low right-wing cross from Adama Barro at close range, 1-1.

Niger, though, quickly hit back and took the lead for the second time in the 71st minute when Idrissa Halidou slipped in behind the Burkina Faso defence and slotted the ball between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper, 2-1.

Burkina Faso tried to find their way back into the game for a second time and threw numbers forward in attack, but they failed to break down the resolute Niger defence and exited the WAFU tournament.

Burkina Faso (0) 1 (Dah 59’)

Niger (1) 2 (Soumana 34’, Halidou 71’)

Teams

Burkina Faso coach: Brama Traore

Burkina Faso: 16. Ouedrago, 18. Bambara, 6. Couilbaly, 5. Beao, 3. Gora, 11. Barro, 4. To, 17. A. Traore (Zongo 88’), 10. Sylla, 7. Nana (9. Ahiro 66’), 14. Boni (13. Dah 50’).

Niger coach: Francois Zhaoui

Niger: 1. Dauda, 3. Lebne, 10. Halidou, 11. Victorien (8. Daouda 85’), 12. Dela, 13. Soumana, 14. Ganiyu (23. A. Boubacar 40’), 15. Abdoulaye, 17. Souley (19. Khaido 90’), 18. Dankwae, 20. Hainikoye.

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Ivory Coast seek revenge against Niger – 2018 CHAN Qualifiers

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 18, 2017. 17:30


Ivory Coast will square off with Niger in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

The West Zone B second-leg match will take place at the Stade Robert Champroux in the main city of Ivory Coast, Abidjan.

Niger stunned Ivory Coast 2-1 in the first-leg encounter which was played weekend.

Halidou Garba and Imrana Seyni both netted for Niger, while Dosso Fabius grabbed Ivory Coast’s goal.

The match was played at the Stade Général-Seyni-Kountché in the capital city of Niger, Niamey.

Ivory Coast are looking to qualify for the CHAN finals for the fourth time and their best performance in this competition was when they finished third last year.

Niger have participated in two CHAN finals and they reached the quarterfinals in 2011 which is their best performance in the tournament.

The winner on aggregate between Ivory Coast and Niger will book their place in the 2018 finals which will be hosted by Kenya.

Referee Juste Ephrem Zio, who is from Burkina Faso, will officiate the second-leg match.

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Ivory Coast suffer late sucker punch in Niger

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 20:46


Niger recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

The West Zone B first-leg match was played at the Stade Général-Seyni-Kountché in the capital city of Niger, Niamey.

Niger and their visitors, Ivory Coast were unable to break the deadlock in the first 40 minutes of the encounter.

The opening goal finally came in the 44th minute and it was Imrana Seyni, who netted to make it 1-0 to Niger.

However, Dosso Fabius had other ideas as he scored for Ivory Coast on the stroke of half-time.

The score was 1-1 between the Menas and the Elephants following a lively first-half.

Halidou Garba proved to be the hero for the home side as he found the back of the net for Niger in the 81st minute.

The Menas managed to contain the more fancied Elephants in the closing stages and Niger emerged 2-1 winners

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Niger out to stun Ivory Coast – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Junior Gadji Tallo of Ivory Coast during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 19:00


Niger will welcome Ivory Coast in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

Kick-off is 18h00 CAT.

The West Zone B first-leg match will be played at the Stade Général-Seyni-Kountché in the capital city of Niger, Niamey.

The Menas have taken part in two CHAN finals. They participated in the 2011 and 2016 finals.

Niger made it to the quarter-finals in 2011, but they could not reach the knockout stages in 2016.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast have participated in three CHAN finals – missing out on one tournament since its inception in 2009.

The Elephants have reached the knockout stages once. They were defeated in the semi-finals in 2016.

Referee Juste Ephrem Zio, who is from Burkina Faso, will officiate the match between Niger and Ivory Coast.

The second-leg encounter will be played at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan, Ivory Coast next weekend.

The winner on aggregate between the two sides will advance to the finals which are sheduled to take place in Ken

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