Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

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Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
Founded 1979
Region CAF (Africa)
Number of teams 8
Current champions  Nigeria (2015)
Most successful team(s)  Nigeria (7 titles)
2015 African U-20 Championship

The Africa U-20 Cup of Nations (previously known as the African Youth Championship or the African U-20 Championship) is the main international youth football competition for CAF nations, and is competed for by under 20 year olds. It is held every two years with the top 4 teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

From 1979 until 1989, the African representatives were determined purely on a home and away qualifying basis without a final tournament, with the African champions determined through the same qualification. Since 1991 there has been a qualifying stage followed by a final tournament played by 8 teams in a chosen country.

On 6 August 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to change the name of the tournament from the African Youth Championship to the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, similar to the senior's version, Africa Cup of Nations.[1]

Tournament summary[edit]

African U-21 Qualifying for World Cup[edit]

Year Host nation Qualification 1 Qualification 2 World Cup host
To World Cup Score Not to World Cup To World Cup Score Not to World Cup
1977
Details
[2]
home & away
Morocco
1 – 0
3 – 0

Guinea

Ivory Coast
0 – 1
3 – 2
abandoned

Egypt

Tunisia

African U-21 Cup of Nations[edit]

Year Host nation Final Third Place
Champion Score Second Place
1979
Details
home & away
Algeria
2 – 1
2 – 3

Guinea

Ethiopia

Nigeria
1981
Details
home & away
Egypt
2 – 0
1 – 1

Cameroon

Algeria

Nigeria
1983
Details
home & away
Nigeria
2 – 2
2 – 1

Ivory Coast

Algeria

Guinea
1985
Details
home & away
Nigeria
1 – 1
2 – 1

Tunisia

Ivory Coast

Ethiopia
1987
Details
home & away
Nigeria
2 – 1
3 – 0

Togo

Morocco

Somalia
1989
Details
home & away
Nigeria
2 – 0
2 – 1

Mali

Algeria

Ivory Coast

African U-21 Championship[edit]

Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1991
Details
 Egypt
Egypt
2 – 1
Ivory Coast

Ghana
2 – 0
Zambia
1993
Details
 Mauritius
Ghana
2 – 0
Cameroon

Egypt
3 – 0
Ethiopia
1995
Details
 Nigeria
Cameroon
4 – 0
Burundi

Nigeria
1 – 0
Mali
1997
Details
 Morocco
Morocco
1 – 0
South Africa

Ivory Coast
2 – 0
Ghana
1999
Details
 Ghana
Ghana
1 – 0
Nigeria

Cameroon
2 – 1
Zambia
2001
Details
 Ethiopia
Angola
2 – 0
Ghana

Egypt
2 – 0
Ethiopia

African U-20 Championship[edit]

Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2003
Details
 Burkina Faso
Egypt
4 – 3
Ivory Coast

Mali
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
on penalties

Burkina Faso
2005
Details
 Benin
Nigeria
2 – 0
Egypt

Benin
1 – 1
(5 – 3)
on penalties

Morocco
2007
Details
 Republic of the Congo
Congo
1 – 0
Nigeria

Gambia
3 – 1
Zambia
2009
Details
 Rwanda
Ghana
2 – 0
Cameroon

Nigeria
2 – 1
South Africa
2011[3]
Details
 South Africa
Nigeria
3 – 2
aet

Cameroon

Egypt
1 – 0
Mali
2013
Details
 Algeria
Egypt
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
on penalties

Ghana

Nigeria
2 – 1
Mali
2015
Details
 Senegal
Nigeria
1 – 0
Senegal

Ghana
3 – 1
Mali

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations[edit]

Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
2017
Details
 Zambia
2019
Details
 Niger[4]

Performance by nation[edit]

Rank Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place Semi-finalists
1  Nigeria 7 (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011, 2015) 2 (1999, 2007) 3 (1995, 2009, 2013) 2 (1979, 1981)
2  Egypt 4 (1981, 1991, 2003, 2013) 1 (2005) 3 (1993, 2001, 2011)
3  Ghana 3 (1993, 1999, 2009) 2 (2001, 2013) 2 (1991, 2015) 1 (1997)
4  Cameroon 1 (1995) 4 (1981, 1993, 2009, 2011) 1 (1999)
5  Algeria 1 (1979) 3 (1981, 1983, 1989)
6  Morocco 1 (1997) 1 (2005) 1 (1987)
7  Angola 1 (2001)
 Congo 1 (2007)
9  Ivory Coast 3 (1983, 1991, 2003) 1 (1997) 2 (1985, 1989)
10  Mali 1 (1989) 1 (2003) 4 (1995, 2011, 2013, 2015)
11  Guinea 1 (1979) 1 (1983)
12  South Africa 1 (1997) 1 (2009)
13  Tunisia 1 (1985)
 Togo 1 (1987)
 Burundi 1 (1995)
 Senegal 1 (2015)
17  Benin 1 (2005)
 Gambia 1 (2007)
19  Zambia 3 (1991, 1999, 2007)
20  Ethiopia 2 (1993, 2001) 2 (1979, 1985)
21  Somalia 1 (1987)
22  Burkina Faso 1 (2003)

Source for winners and runners-up: RSSSF[5]

Participating nations[edit]

Team
1979

1981

1983

1985

1987

1989
Egypt
1991
Mauritius
1993
Nigeria
1995
Morocco
1997
Ghana
1999
Ethiopia
2001
Burkina Faso
2003
Benin
2005
Republic of the Congo
2007
Rwanda
2009
South Africa
2011
Algeria
2013
Senegal
2015
Years
 Algeria 1st SF SF 1R SF GS 6
 Angola 1R 1R PR GS 1st GS 6
 Benin 3rd GS 2
 Burkina Faso 4th GS 2
 Burundi 2nd 1
 Cameroon 2R 2nd QF QF 1R 1R GS 2nd 1st 3rd GS GS 2nd 2nd 14
 Central African Republic 2R 1
 Congo 1st GS 2
 DR Congo 1R GS 2
 Ivory Coast 2nd SF QF SF 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS GS 11
 Egypt 1R 1st QF 1R QF QF 1st 3rd GS 3rd 1st 2nd GS GS 3rd 1st 16
 Equatorial Guinea 2R 1R 2
 Ethiopia SF 1R SF 1R GS 4th 4th 7
 Gabon PR 1R QF GS GS 5
 Gambia 1R PR 3rd GS 4
 Ghana 1R 1R QF 3rd 1st 4th 1st 2nd GS 1st GS 2nd 3rd 13
 Guinea 2nd 1R SF QF 1R 1R GS GS 8
 Kenya 1R 1
 Lesotho QF GS GS 1
 Liberia PR 1
 Libya 1R 1
 Malawi GS 1
 Mali 2nd 4th GS GS GS 3rd GS GS 4th 4th 4th 11
 Mauritius 2R GS GS 3
 Mauritania 1R 1R 2
 Morocco 2R 1R QF QF SF 1R GS 1st 4th GS 10
 Mozambique PR QF 2
 Nigeria SF SF 1st 1st 1st 1st GS 3rd 2nd GS 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd 1st 16
 Rwanda GS 1
 Senegal PR PR GS GS 2nd 5
 Somalia SF 1
 South Africa 2nd GS GS 4th GS GS 6
 Sudan 1R 1R GS 3
 Swaziland 1R 1
 Togo 1R 1R 2nd 3
 Tunisia 2R 2R 1R 2nd QF 1R 6
 Uganda PR PR 2
 Zambia 1R 1R 4th GS GS 4th 4th GS 8
 Zimbabwe 2R QF QF 1R 4
Legend

Participating nations by year of debut[edit]

Participating nations by Debut (Until 1989, counted Round 1, after 1991 counting Final 16)

Before 1989[edit]

After 1991[edit]

Player awards[edit]

Year Player of the tournament Top goalscorer
1991
1993
1995
1997 South Africa Benni McCarthy South Africa Benni McCarthy
1999 Guinea Ousmane Bangoura
2001 Angola Pedro Mantorras
2003 Egypt Emad Moteab
2005 Morocco Mouhcine Iajour
2007 Cameroon Fabrice N'Guessi[6] Zambia Fwayo Tembo
2009 Ghana Ransford Osei Ghana Ransford Osei
2011 Cameroon Edgar Salli Nigeria Uche Nwofor
2013 Egypt Saleh Gomaa Nigeria Aminu Umar

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Decisions of CAF Executive Committee on 6 August 2015". CAF. 9 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "1977 results by RSSSF". Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nigeria win superb Africa Youth Championship final". BBC. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "CAF Executive Committee decisions of 26 May 2015". CAF. 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ José Luis Pierrend (15 July 2011). "African Youth Championship". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ambitious Ondama targets Congolese triumph". FIFA.com. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 

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