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Somalia's debut at AFCON U-17 shows potential despite first-half deficit against Algeria

Saturday April 29, 2023


Algiers (HOL) - In the historic opening match of the TotalEnergies AFCON U-17 tournament, debutants Somalia faced a challenging battle against host nation Algeria. The first half ended with a 1-0 lead for Algeria, but Somalia demonstrated their determination to make an impact on the international stage.

A nervous beginning saw Somalia concede a goal to Algerian captain Moslem Anatouf in the 22nd minute, but they soon settled into the game. Centreback Ahmed Abdalla nearly unleashed a thunderbolt from midfield that narrowly missed equalizing.

Somalia's goalkeeper Abdikadir Mohamed provided pair of breathtaking saves kept his team within striking distance.

Team stats show a closely contested match, with Algeria holding a slight edge in possession, shots, and pass accuracy. As the competition unfolds, Somalia's grit and passion will undoubtedly make a mark in their first-ever appearance at the tournament.

The Somali U-17 squad is eager to prove their worth on the continental stage. Despite the absence of standout striker Abdihafid Mohamed due to a controversial age verification issue, the team remains optimistic against a formidable Algerian side.


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