Friday, April 29, 2011


Shoot-out controversy at AYC semis

African Youth Championship nears completion with an exciting final

Shoot-out controversy at AYC semis

Posted: 2011-04-29 10:42
It's Nigeria v Cameroon in the Final of the African Youth Championship at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday after controversy-packed semi-final action in Soweto yesterday. 

The Flying Eagles beat Mali 2-0 in their semi-final while Cameroon needed penalties to overcome Egypt, after their match ended 0-0 after extra-time.

There was controversy during the shoot-out when two of Cameroon's penalties, which had been saved, were ordered to be re-taken and were then converted.

Uche Nwofor and Stanley Okoro scored Nigeria's goals against Mali.

There was also controversy around the Nigerian opener - with several Mali players protesting that there had been a hand-ball in the build-up.

Mali will play Egypt in the third-place play-off, also on Sunday.

All four semi-finalists had already qualified for the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia later this year and details of the draw were announced earlier.

Egypt will play the opening match of the tournament against Brazil, and will then take on Austria and Panama in Group E.

Nigeria will play Guatemala, Croatia and Saudi Arabia in Group D.

Mali are in Group A with the hosts, Colombia plus South Korea and France and Cameroon are in Group B along with Portugal, Uruguay and the as yet undecided champions of Oceania.

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