• Saidou Ibrahim and Jang Sunday were on target as Cameroon Under-20 lions eased past the Central African Republic in the final at the Estadio de Malabo.
• Jang Sunday was voted most valuable player of the tournament and top scorer prize.
By Beng Emmaneul
Super-sub Sunday Jang came off the bench to score a sublime second half brace as Cameroon’s under-20 Lions thrashed the Central African Republic 3-0 in the final of the UNIFFAC tournament in Malabo-Equatorial Guinea.
Coach Ousmanou Christophe and the cadet Lions made an enviable start in the ultimate game which eventually payed-off with a narrow lead at the break from Saidou Ibrahim opener.
A terrific combination from a squad blessed with potential world class talents gave the Central African Republic a nightmarish second half, with Cameroon demonstrating perfect technique and mastery of the game.
Sunday Jang ‘s introduction added to their rivals misery and his two superb goals left them almost undone. The win confirms Cameroon’s status as champions of the Central African zone, which adds to their qualification for the Under-20 African Cup of Nations in Mauritania next year.
Five nations took part at the UNIFFAC tournament from the original six after the Central African Nations backed out from participating.
Cameroon draw 1-1 with the Democratic Republic of Congo and beat the Republic of Congo 3-1 in the race for the title.
Reactions to UNIFFAC Triumph
The President of the Cameroon Football Federation Seidou Mbombo Njoya lauded the under-20 Lions for the victory and praised their bravery which helped to cement the country’s rank as a continental powerhouse.
“Well am very satisfied for these young boys. This competition was excellent for them because first of all they were qualified for the Under-20 Afcon in Mauritania. And also, now they are also now winner of this competition”.
“Am glad that they received my advice yesterday. I told them Cameroon is a very big potential country in the sub-region and they have to proof it which they did” GinaInforms gathered.
Also, the head coach of the Indomitable Lions, Portuguese gaffer Antonio Conceicao congratulated the players and the entire technical staff. The 59-year-old told Vision Sport:
“I wish to congratulate all those involved in the success of the Under-20’s, for having qualified via the last stage for the Under-20 AFCON. Congratulations to all the technical and medical staff, as well as the wonderful players.’ Conceicao said.