FIFA U17 World Cup: Second Round Bus Stop for African Teams

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GOIANIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 05: Players of Nigeria react after losing the match against Netherlands for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 on November 05, 2019 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

With the FIFA U17 World Cup group stage done and dusted, the only casualty at that stage was the African champions, who Cameroun exited the tournament without win.

Leaving three teams to carry the hopes and aspirations of Africans going into the next round.

However, Angola, Nigeria and Senegal have all been eliminated in the second round of the tournament by South Korea, Netherlands, and Spain respectively.

 

Angola were the first of the trio to be dumped out of the tournament when the lethal right leg of Choi Minseo volleyed the ball into the back of net as Korea held on for a one-nil win in their match.

 

The most successful side in tournament, Nigeria did not fare any better.

 

A hapless display from the Eaglets condemned the team to an embarrassing 1-3 defeat to European champions Netherlands.

 

Sontje Hansen turned on his style with a hat-trick, to send Nigeria packing from the tournament.

 

And African debutants, the young Teranga lions of Senegal progressed past the group stage with a 100 percent record, but lost the steam against Spain.

 

Souleymane Faye’s goal proved to be a mere consolation as a well drilled, tactically disciplined Spanish side progressed, at their expense, into the next round with goals from German Valera and Roberto Navarro.

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