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.