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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 February 2007, 16:40 GMT
Congo lift African youth title
By John James
BBC Sport, Brazzaville

The Congo Under 20 team
Hosts Congo have won the African Youth Championship

Hosts Congo edged out reigning champions Nigeria 1-0 to clinch the African Youth Championship in Brazzaville on Saturday.

The Congo's coach Eddy Hudanski had promised a more offensive game and that's what happened with his side taking on the Nigerian defence, with Harris Brandt Tchilimbou posing a threat on the right.

Congo's best chance came of the first-half came on 40 minutes when Jules Ondjola's shot from outside the area was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.

The hosts lacked the same spark in the second half when Nigeria posed more of a threat.

But it was Congo that broke the deadlock on 65 minutes when a long-ball and a clever dummy left Franchel Ibara with a clean run down the left-wing before he cut inside and smashed the ball home.

After the match the Nigerian coach, Godwin Uwua, focused his post-match interview on the referee who had given out four yellow cards his side and just the one to Congo for time-wasting.

Hudanski said he was very proud of his side and that Nigeria had failed to play as a team despite having a lot quality individual players from European teams.

The last time that the Congolese fans had any continental glory to celebrate was back in 1972 win they beat Mali 3-2 to win the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Both sides have also qualified for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Canada that starts in June.

SEE ALSO
Gambia juniors clinch bronze
03 Feb 07 |  African
2007 African Yth
03 Feb 07 |  African


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