Serengeti Boys lift 2019 FERWAFA U-17 invitational tournament title   

06Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Serengeti Boys lift 2019 FERWAFA U-17 invitational tournament title   

TANZANIA’s national U-17 football team, Serengeti Boys, settled for a 3-3 draw with their Rwanda counterparts Junior Wasps in their last game of the Rwandese Association Football Federation (FERWAFA) U-17 Invitational tournament, which climaxed on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda.

Serengeti Boys in jovial mood after winning an invitational tournament that was organized by Rwanda soccer governing body, FERWAFA, and BINEWA Sports Management and took place in Kigali. Serengeti drew 3-3 with Rwanda mid this week. AGENCIES

Serengeti Boys, for that matter, won the tournament’s trophy, given they cruised to a 2-1 win over Cameroon in the first match.

Junior Wasps, coached by Yves Rwasamanzi, struck a last minute free kick to earn the draw, courtesy of a well taken Rodrigue Isingizwe’s free kick which secured a point for the hosts, who finished bottom of the standings with one point following a 3-1 opening loss against Cameroon.

Serengeti Boys fought back from 2-0 down to take the lead at the Nyamirambo Stadium before they eventually settled for a draw.

Henson Rutonesha gave the home side the lead after 18 minutes before Keddy Nsanzimfura made it 2-0 after 20 minutes as Serengeti Boys looked disjointed.

Tanzania U-17’s John Edmund, who also scored in their 2-1 win over Cameroon, pulled one back after 28 minutes. The Tanzanian youngsters fought back strongly before the first half ended 2-1.

In the second half John Edmund netted his second goal of the day after 49 minutes. The two sides continued to create several scoring opportunities, but showed lack of the finishing.

Edson Mshirakandi made it 3-2 for Tanzania after 83 minutes, but Rodrigue Isingizwe leveled matters after the fourth official had showed more minutes of added time.

The invitational tournament organized by the Rwanda Football body, FERWAFA and BINEWA Sports Management, attracted Rwanda, Tanzania and Cameroon.

The Cameroon U-17 side beat Rwanda 3-1 in the opening match before Serengeti Boys beat Cameroon 2-1 in the second game.

Serengeti Boys and Cameroon used the tournament to prepare ahead of the U-17 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for April 14-28 in Dar es Salaam.

Serengeti Boys, headed by coach Oscar Mirambo, had arrived in Rwanda on March 28 ahead of the FERWAFA U-17 Invitational tournament, which started the following day.

The team composed of 24 players and eight members of coaching staff, arrived in Kigali at 6am aboard Rwandair from Dar es Salaam. They stayed at Hill Top Hotel until their departure back yesterday.

The Serengeti Boys will be hoping to utilize home advantage to try and win the U-17 AFCON title and also qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

Serengeti Boys are pooled alongside Uganda, Nigeria and Angola in Group A, while Group B has Senegal, Morocco, Cameroon and Guinea.

The best two teams that qualify for the semifinals will directly book a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup to take place in Brazil.

Serengeti Boys squad: Jefferson Mwaikambo, Abdallah Mwinyi, Shaban Hassan, Zubery Foba, Pascal Gaudence, Aly Hamis, Ben Anthony, Mohamed Omary, Dominic Pauline, Mustapha Rashid, Maurice Michael, Omary Jumanne, Bernard Castory, Agiri Aristide, Edson Jeremia, Tepsi Evance, Charles Herman, Kelvin Pius, Edmund Godfrey, Salum Ally, Arafat Hussein, Boniface Misungwi and Juma Ladaki




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