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Africa, Under 17s

Burkina Faso Crowned Kings of Africa’s Youth

Burkina Faso have defeated Rwanda 2-1 in the final of the African Under 17 Championships.

Burkina Faso lived up to their favourites tag as they defeated the host nation in order to reverse the score when they met earlier in the group stage.

Zaniou Sana grabbed the opening goal in the 54th minute, following a poor back-pass from Rwanda captain, Faustin Usengimana.

The lead was very short lived, as ten minutes later the hosts replied. A stunning 25-yard shot from Tibingana Mwesigye found it’s way past the Burkina Faso goalkeeper to send the host nation into raptures.

Unfortunately for them, Burkina Faso’s Kabore Abdoul Aziz restored his side’s lead to put the match at 2-1.

Burkina Faso showed great determination to hold onto the victory, having spent the second half with ten men following the sending off of Kannazoe Bazzirou after 59 minutes.

Whilst this was Rwanda’s first ever African competition final, Burkina Faso had contested two under 17s titles previously. They lost to Ghana in 1999 and then Nigeria two years later.

By reaching the semi final stage, both sides qualified for this year’s FIFA Under 17 World Cup, along with Congo and Ivory Coast.

Previous Winners

1995- Ghana

1997- Egypt

1999- Ghana

2001- Nigeria

2003- Cameroon

2005- Gambia

2007- Nigeria

2009- Gambia

2011– Burkina Faso

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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