CAF U20 African Championship Round-Up: Seven Teams Join Hosts Libya For Finals

Seven national teams have qualified for the finals of the Orange CAF U20 African Championship to be hosted by Libya …

Seven national teams emerged over the weekend from the last round of the 2011 Orange CAF U20 African Championship qualifiers to join host Libya.

Defending champions Ghana defeated Benin 4-1 to sail through to the finals, while Gambia stunned Cote D’Ivoire with a 1-0 win in Abidjan.

Mali lost 1-0 to Gabon in Libreville, but could proceed to the finals on aggregate of 3-2. After an away 2-0 win against Mauritius, one of the championship’s regular favourites Nigeria coasted to qualifying after triumphing home and away against Mauritius on aggregate on 4-1.

Lesotho were able to protect their 1-0 home victory against Kenya by not conceding any goals in the return leg. Coming with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, Cameroon had a lesser task to accomplish while playing host to Congo over the weekend. Two more goals swelled the aggregate to 3-0.

Despite their elaborate preparation, Senegal couldn’t withstand the assaults of the young Egyptians who hammered in 3-0 goals, effacing the Senegalese one goal advantage from the first leg.

The teams qualified for the 2011 Orange CAF U20 African Championship are therefore – Ghana, Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, Lesotho, Cameroon, Egypt and host country Libya.

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