Apr 28, 2008, 7:15 AM
The 8th Edition of the U-17 African Championship got off to an exhilarating start yesterday in
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For the 90 minutes or so that the boys locked horns with their Guinean counterparts, they showed grit, guts and gallantry. The Guineans were equally good. Both teams have quality and cohesion, which made the match worth watching. For most of the match, both teams threatened each other with such relentlessness that left the fans gasping. The Guineans were always deadly in their penetrative thrust into The Gambia's vital area. One of such memorable moments in the second half was when their Number 9 left the Gambian defence flat-footed.
By contrast, the Baby Scorpions were cool and collected, always rattling the Guineans with their short, quick and accurate passes. It was the rhythmic control of the Baby Scorpions that not only provided much of the entertainment, but also left the Guineans bemused on the pitch. A combination of a creative midfield and a solid defence was the nemesis of the Guineans. But the Gambian attack was a little timid, twisting and turning without purpose in front of the goalpost.
But the boys are sure to grow in confidence as the tournament progresses, especially now that they have got the better of Guinea Conakry. And the technical crew is expected to work on the observed deficiencies of the team for better performance against their next opponent. Ideally, the team should regard each match as the final and give it their all. There should be no room for complacency.
Good luck, boys!