THE national U-17 soccer team, Serengeti Boys, romped into the next stage of the 2017 African Youth Championship qualifiers after thrashing host Seychelles 6-0 at the Stade Linite Stadium in Victoria yesterday.
After cruising to a 3-0 win in the first leg match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam last Sunday, Serengeti Boys expertly finished off Seychelles away to enter the nest stage 9-0 on aggregate.
According to the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) Media and Communication Officer, Alfred Lucas, who is with the team in Seychelles, Serengeti Boys were unstoppable from the onset.
Serengeti Boys started the match strongly and netted the opener after just nine minutes, through Ibrahim Abdallah, who pounced on a drop ball by goalkeeper, Asad Ali.
Two minutes before the break, Serengeti Boys were 2-0 up when Mohamed Abdallah found the back of the net with a powerful shot that precisely beat the keeper.
After the break, Serengeti Boys started from where they had left in the first half, pinning their opponents in their own domain and Asad netted the third for Serengeti and his second of the day in the 50th minute.
Bakari Shime's boys continued to pile pressure on their opponents, pouring forward in numbers and they were awarded a spot kick after an hour mark. Issa Makamba stepped up to send the keeper a wrong way for the fourth goal and Asad grabbed a hattrick when he netted the fifth for his team in the 70th minute.
There was still time for the sixth goal, which came in the 90th minute through Yohana Nkomola.
Serengeti Boys will now face South Africa in the second round. The first leg will be played on either August 5, 6 or 7 and the second-leg of the qualifiers is set for August 19 to 21.
Shime alias the 'Black Wizard' and his free injury squad were aiming at proving to their opponents that they did not fluke a win in the previous game by repeating what they did in Dar es Salaam.
In the first leg match Serengeti Boys goals were scored by Nickson Kibabage, Ibrahim Abdallah and Ally Hussein respectively. The 2017 African U-17 Cup of Nations will take place in Madagascar.
The tournament will also act as a qualifier to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup which will be held in India. The top four nations will seal their places in India next year. The FIFA U-17 finals will be held in September 2017 in India.
Serengeti Boys players in Victoria are goalkeepers: Ramadhani Awm Kabwili and Samwel Edward Brazio while defenders are Kibwana Ally Shomari, Nickson Clement Kibabage, Israel Patrick Mwenda, Dickson Nickson Job, Ally Hussein Msengi and Issa Abdi Makamba.
Midfielders are Kelvin Nation Naftal, Ally Hamisi Ng'anzi, Asadi Ali Juma, Syprian Benedictor Mtesigwa, Ibrahim Abdallah Ali, Yassin Muhidini Mohamed and Shaban Zuberi Ada, while the striking force comprises Rashid Mohammed Chambo, Mohammed Abdallah Rashid, Yohana Oscar Mkomola, Muhsin Malima Makame and Enrick Vitalis Nkosi.
Source: Tanzania Daily News