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Young Teranga Lions of Senegal were crowned CAF U/20 Africa Cup of Nations after beating their neighbours Gambia 2-0 in Cairo on Saturday. This was also their first ever U/20 Africa Cup of Nations triumph.

Sulaymane Faye and midfielder Mamadou Camara secured the win for Senegal over their arch-rivals.

They also qualified for Saturday’s final with a hundred percent record winning all their matches without conceding a goal.

FIRST TRIUMPH FOR SENEGAL 

It was also their fourth U/20 AFCON final having finished runners-up in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Malick Daf’s side have followed in the footsteps of the senior Teranga Lions, the Beach Soccer national team and the home-based national team in winning continental glory over the last year.

The Young Teranga Lions started better at the Cairo International Stadium with their direct approach causing the Young Scorpions problems at the back. They broke the deadlock after six minutes through Sulaymane Faye’s header from a cross down the right channel.

Senegal doubled their lead ten minutes after the restart through midfielder Mamadou Camara.

Dr Patrice Motsepe (CAF President) also with Gamal Allam (Egyptian Football Association President) during the 2023 U/20 Africa Cup of Nations Final

The WAFU-A champions held on to secure their first ever TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.

U/20 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 

Golden Boot 

Pape Demba Diop won the Umbro Golden Boot award. The 19-year-old also scored five goals in the tournament which earned him the coveted trophy as the leading scorer of the 23rd edition of the biennial tournament.

Best Goalkeeper 

Senegal goalkeeper Landing Badji was named the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament. 

Fair Play award.

Seven-time champions Nigeria have won the Fair Play award. The Nigerian side showed professionalism, dedication, passion and discipline during the 23rd edition of the tournament in Egypt.

Samba Diallo of Senegal receive a trophy from Patrice Motsepe at the U/20 Africa Cup of Nations
Samba Diallo of Senegal receive a trophy from Patrice Motsepe at the U/20 Africa Cup of Nations

Player of the Tournament 

Senegal star midfielder Lamine Camara has been named as the best player of the Tournament. He was handed the Man of the Tournament award by the CAF Technical Study Group of the tournament. 

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