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Can Morocco halt Senegal’s dominance of all African national teams’ titles?



A major achievement will be recorded by Senegal on Friday if the country’s U-17 team overcome Morocco to win the championship in Algeria.

It will mean that the country has won all the five national team competitions played so far since January last year.

The sixth African national team competition, the U-23 Afcon will hold next month in Morocco and Senegal are also in the race.  

Only Morocco stand on their way as they attempt a clean sweep of all the available titles in men’s football.

At the moment, they have won the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria, the African Beach Soccer championship in Mozambique and the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


A win in the u-17 cup final in Algeria will undoubltedly make Senegal the indisputable Africa number one as they have also led the monthly FIFA ranking for many years before they were recently upstaged by Morocco.

In the U-17, the stage is set for what promises to be a thrilling final between the top topmost ranked African nations in the FIFA ranking – Senegal and Morocco.

They clash at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers.

The two have been amongst the most consistent performers in the competition. The final will kick-off at 22h00 local time (21h00 GMT) and will be watched in several parts of Africa.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.