2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

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2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
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Tournament details
Host country Zambia
Dates26 February – 12 March 2017
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played12
Goals scored43 (3.58 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Africa Luther Singh (4 goals)
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All statistics correct as of 5 March 2017.

The 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations is the 14th edition of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations (21st edition if tournaments without hosts are included), the biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players aged 20 and below. The tournament is set to take place in Zambia between 26 February – 12 March 2017.[1]

The top four teams will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

Qualification

The qualifiers were played between 1 April and 24 July 2016. At the end of the qualification phase, seven teams joined the hosts Zambia.

Player eligibility

Players born 1 January 1997 or later are eligible to participate in the competition.

Qualified teams

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament. Defending champions Nigeria failed to qualify. Congo and Ghana also failed to qualify, thus the winners of five of the last six tournaments failed to qualify for this tournament.

Note: All appearance statistics count only those since the introduction of final tournament in 1991.[2]

Team Appearance Previous best appearance
 Cameroon 9th Champions (1995)
 Egypt 11th Champions (1991, 2003, 2013)
 Guinea 3rd Group stage (1995, 1999)
 Mali 11th Third place (2003)
 Senegal 4th Runners-up (2015)
 South Africa 7th Runners-up (1997)
 Sudan 2nd Group stage (1997)
 Zambia (hosts) 7th Fourth place (1991, 1999, 2007)

Match officials

A total of 12 referees and 14 assistant referees were selected for the tournament.[3][4]

Referees
  • Angola Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
  • Burkina Faso Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)
  • Burundi Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)
  • Cameroon Antoine Effa (Cameroon)
  • South Africa Victor Gomes (South Africa)
  • Egypt Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
  • Guinea Sékou Ahmed Touré (Guinea)
  • Tunisia Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
  • Namibia Jackson Pavaza (Namibia)
  • Rwanda Louis Hakizimana (Rwanda)
  • Senegal Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)
  • Zambia Chewe Wisdom (Zambia)
Assistant referees
  • Algeria Mokrani Gourari (Algeria)
  • Chad Issa Yahya (Chad)
  • Republic of the Congo Steven Danilek M. Moyo (Congo)
  • The Gambia Sosseh Sulayman (Gambia)
  • Guinea Sidiki Sidibe (Guinea)
  • Kenya Cheruiyot Gilbert (Kenya)
  • Uganda Mark Ssonko (Uganda)
  • Mauritania Warr Adbelrahman (Mauritania)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Nabina Blaise Sebutu (DR Congo)
  • Senegal Toure Sengne Cheikh (Senegal)
  • Seychelles Eldrick Adelaide (Seychelles)
  • South Africa Khumalo Steven (South Africa)
  • Mali Diakite Moriba (Mali)
  • Zambia Kasengele Romeo (Zambia)

Draw

The draw for the tournament took place on 24 October 2016, 11:00 local time (UTC+2) at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo.[5][6][7]

The teams were seeded based on the results of the last edition (final tournament and qualifiers).[8]

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
  •  Zambia (host, assigned to A1)
  •  Senegal (2015 runner-up, assigned to B1)

Squads

Each squad can contain a maximum of 21 players.[9]

Group stage

The group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-finals and qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[9]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. If, after applying criteria 1 to 3 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 7 apply;
  5. Goal difference in all games;
  6. Goals scored in all games;
  7. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, CAT (UTC+2).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Zambia (H) 3 3 0 0 10 2 +8 9 Knockout stage and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  Guinea 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3  Egypt 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
4  Mali 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6 1
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

26 February 2017 (2017-02-26)
15:00
Zambia  1–0  Guinea
Daka Goal 47' Report
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Referee: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)

26 February 2017 (2017-02-26)
18:00
Egypt  0–0  Mali
Report
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)

1 March 2017 (2017-03-01)
15:00
Guinea  1–1  Egypt
Touré Goal 79' Report Abdalla Goal 37'

1 March 2017 (2017-03-01)
18:00
Mali  1–6  Zambia
Danté Goal 5' Report F. Sakala Goal 7'65'
E. Banda Goal 24'
Mwepu Goal 37'
Chilufya Goal 49'53'
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)

4 March 2017 (2017-03-04)
15:00
Zambia  3–1  Egypt
Daka Goal 48'90'
F. Sakala Goal 72'
Report Nedved Goal 35'
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)

4 March 2017 (2017-03-04)
15:00
Guinea  3–2  Mali
M. Sylla Goal 49' (pen.)59'
M. Aly Camara Goal 72'
Report Sékou Koïta Goal 2'
M. Diakité Goal 52' (pen.)
Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola
Referee: Antoine Effa (Cameroon)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Senegal 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 7 Knockout stage and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2  South Africa 3 2 0 1 9 6 +3 6
3  Cameroon 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
4  Sudan 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5 1
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

27 February 2017 (2017-02-27)
15:00
Senegal  1–1  Sudan
Niane Goal 88' Report Mutwakil Goal 21' (pen.)

27 February 2017 (2017-02-27)
18:00
Cameroon  1–3  South Africa
Ayuk Goal 14' Report Singh Goal 16'26' (pen.)57'

2 March 2017 (2017-03-02)
15:00
Sudan  1–4  Cameroon
W. Mohamed Goal 79' Report Ketu Goal 8'
Ayuk Goal 51'
Gouet Goal 73'
Mbaizo Goal 89'

2 March 2017 (2017-03-02)
18:00
South Africa  3–4  Senegal
Jordan Goal 1'
Malepe Goal 24'
Singh Goal 81'
Report Ndiaye Goal 48'
Diagne Goal 53'60'
Diatta Goal 70'

5 March 2017 (2017-03-05)
15:00
Senegal  2–0  Cameroon
Niane Goal 45'
Diatta Goal 48'
Report

5 March 2017 (2017-03-05)
15:00
Sudan  1–3  South Africa
Osman Goal 24' Report Mahlambi Goal 13'
Margeman Goal 60'
Mbatha Goal 66'

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time will be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the third place match where no extra time will be played.[9]

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
8 March – Lusaka
 
 
 Zambia Template:Aet1
 
12 March – Lusaka
 
 South Africa0
 
 Zambia2
 
9 March – Ndola
 
 Senegal0
 
 Senegal1
 
 
 Guinea0
 
Third Place
 
 
12 March – Lusaka
 
 
 South Africa1
 
 
 Guinea2

Semi-finals

8 March 2017 (2017-03-08)
18:00
Zambia  1-0  South Africa
Report

9 March 2017 (2017-03-09)
18:00
Senegal  v  Guinea
Report

Third place match

12 March 2017 (2017-03-12)
14:00
South Africa  1–2  Guinea
Liam Jordan Goal 5' Report Katlego Mohamme Goal 6' (o.g.)
Naby Bangoura Goal 85' (pen.)
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Referee: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)

Final

12 March 2017 (2017-03-12)
17:30
Zambia  2–0  Senegal
Daka Goal 16'
Chilufya Goal 34'
Report
National Heroes Stadium, Lusaka
Referee: Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)

Awards

Winners

Template:Winners

Individual awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[10]

Total Man of the Competition
Top scorer
Fair Play Award

CAF Best XI

  • Goalkeeper: Mangani Banda (Zambia)
  • Defenders: Ousseynou Diagne (Senegal), Mamadou Mbaye (Senegal), Solomon Sakala (Zambia)
  • Midfielders: Krepin Diatta (Senegal), Ibrahima Niane (Senegal), Sylla Morlaye (Guinea), Edward Chilufya (Zambia), Fashion Sakala (Zambia)
  • Forwards: Luther Singh (South Africa), Patson Daka (Zambia)
  • Substitutes: Lamine Sarr (Senegal), Prosper Chiluya (Zambia), Enock Mwepu (Zambia), Grant Margeman (South Africa), Liam Jordan (South Africa), Yamodou Toure (Guinea), Mohamed Aly Camara (Guinea)

Goalscorers

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Qualified teams for FIFA U-20 World Cup

The following four teams from CAF qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[11]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 Zambia 1 March 2017 2 (1999, 2007)
 Senegal 5 March 2017 1 (2015)
 Guinea 4 March 2017 1 (1979)
 South Africa 5 March 2017 2 (1997, 2009)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

References

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