NATIONAL Under-17 football side, Serengeti Boys suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Turkey in ongoing the UEFA ASSIST U-17 International tournament at Emirhan Sports Complex in Antalya.
Turkey overshadowed Serengeti Boys, from the onset as Mirambo’s charges failed to put up a good display compared to their previous encounters in the invitational tournament.
The hosts took charge of the game with quality footwork as Serengeti Boys defence lacked focus and laxity, failing to clear myriads of forays in their zone especially dangerous crosses, which resulted to the first three goals.
Nuri Emre Aksit netted the opening goal for Turkey in the 43rd minute before Muhammed Akpinar scored the second a minute before the interval. It was 3-0 just seven minutes after the second half when Ali Akman pumped into the back of the nets.
Mirambo made several changes which, however, did help his team as the hosts maintained their dominance, particularly in the midfield. They netted two more goals through Salih Kavrazil in the 84th minute and Karakaya, who wrapped up the score a minute before the final whistle.
Yesterday’s was Serengeti Boys third game of the tournament. They launched their campaign at the tournament on a back foot, after a 1-0 loss to Guinea in their debut match on Monday. Guinea’s Conte Aboubacar scored the only goal of the match in the 26th minute, which survived until the end of normal period of play.
However, Serengeti Boys staged a major comeback to beat Australia 3-2 in their second match on Wednesday. Prolific striker, Kelvin John scored a brace, while Edson Mshirakandi netted one as Serengeti Boys registered their first victory in the tournament. Australia goals were netted by Michael Ruhs and Noah Boatic.
The event features teams from three continents – Angola, Cameroon, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda from the Confederation of African Football (CAF); Australia, which belongs to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC); and Belarus, Montenegro and Turkey, representing UEFA.
UEFA ASSIST thus provides support for member associations and confederations in four specific areas – education and knowledge-sharing, development of youth football, supporting infrastructure projects and assisting UEFA’s member associations.