Africa: Cote d’Ivoire Defeat Hosts Niger in WAFU B U20 Opener, Benin Stun Togo

Cote d’Ivoire produced some good efficiency to defeat hosts Niger 1-0 to get their 2022 WAFU B U20 Championship marketing campaign underway in a promising trend on Saturday.

The Baby Menas have been unfortunate to not salvage a draw within the opening Group A match on the Senyi Kountche Stadium in Niamey as they fluffed a late penalty.

A 52nd minute header by striker Seydou Traore sealed the victory for the extra decided Ivorians who dominated giant elements of the sport.

Some particular person brilliance by the Nigeriens gave hope to the teeming supporters within the stadium however they may not convert their possibilities.

Despite the late rally by the house aspect, led by the Ghana-based gifted playmaker Amadou Djadje Oumarou, Baby Elephants have been resolute on the again to guard their benefit.

In a cagey first-half, Niger have been the primary to threaten the opponent within the twenty third minute however the Ivorians responded 9 minutes later when striker Seydou Traoré broke free leaving him alone with the goalkeeper however was flagged offside.

Ivorian defender Ibrahim Cissé’s highly effective header went simply broad earlier than the house aspect didn’t make the most of the blunder by goalkeeper allowed striker Moussa Harouna to steal the ball however didn’t convert from contained in the field, simply earlier than the break.

The Baby Elephants broke the impasse within the 52nd minute when the Racing Club d’Abidjan striker Traore headed in from Abdoulaye Djire’s cross from the proper.

Moments later the Ivorians doubled their lead by the onrushing Abdoul Kader Kiebre however he was flagged for an offside, giving hope to the house aspect.