By Anita Mbili,
The FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland started with the fastest goal in the history of the competition as Senegal scored against Tahiti after 9.6 seconds of action in Lublin.
Amadou Sagna engraved his name in Fifa’s history books with his opener Senegal’s 3-0 win over Tahiti on Thursday.
Sagna scored for the Young Lions of Teranga after just 9.6 seconds of the clash to set the record for the fastest goal ever in the U20 World Cup.
The previous fastest goal on record came in 1985 against Canada, when Nigeria’s Monday Odiaka found the net in just 14 seconds.
After his record-breaking feat, the 19-year-old Cayor Foot star scored two more goals to wrap up his hat-trick at Arena Lublin to help Senegal to a flying start in Poland.
Friday promises more excitement across the host country as Tychy and Bielsko-Biala join the party with Group D openers while African side Nigeria battle Qatar.. The matches ahead:
#5 Honduras v. New Zealand, 18:00 (Lublin)
#6 Uruguay v. Norway, 20:30 (Lodz)
#7 Qatar v. Nigeria, 18:00 (Tychy)
#8 Ukraine v. USA, 20:30 (Bielsko-Biala)
The football stars of tomorrow are facing up over the next month in Poland.
The tournament was the brainchild of the world federation under the presidency of Brazilian Joao Havelange and has been staged every two years since the inaugural event in Tunisia in 1977. Until 2005 it was known as the FIFA World Youth Championship before the establishment of the under-17 championship.