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AFCON U20: South Africa, Nigeria and others book World Cup slots

Posted By : Michael Duah
AFCON U20: South Africa, Nigeria and others book World Cup slots
AFCON U20: South Africa, Nigeria and others book World Cup slots

South Africa, Senegal, Mali, and Nigeria have all qualified for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup slated for Poland in May after both teams secured victories in their final group games at the Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations.

The results also put Nigeria and South Africa into the semi-finals of the U-20 Nations Cup.

Nigeria beat hosts Niger 1-0 in Niamey thanks to a 73rd-minute strike from Ibrahim Alhassan to reach the semi-finals while South Africa secured their place with 1-0 win over Burundi at the Stade de Maradi after Luke Le Roux converted a penalty in the 9th minute.

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Nigeria finished top of Group A on seven points with South Africa second on five points. Hosts Niger was third on two points with Burundi finishing bottom of the standings on one point.

Senegal was the first team to qualify for the World Cup from Niger 2019 after their 2-0 win over Ghana on Thursday.

In the last group games of the tournament, Senegal routed Burkina Faso 5-1 in Maradi on Saturday with Mali overcoming Ghana by a solitary goal in the last Group B matches.

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