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African U20 Championship Preview – Nigeria Are Obvious Favourites

Tomorrow sees all the colour and lure of African football take centre stage once again.

Tomorrow sees all the colour and lure of African football take centre stage once again.

Tomorrow sees the kick off of this year’s African Under 20 Championship with Nigeria heading into the tournament as the favourites.

The reigning champions beat Cameroon in the final two years ago and will take motivation from their senior side’s success in the recent African Cup of Nations, where they lifted the trophy for the first time in 19 years.

In the group stage they face Mali, Congo and Gabon, in which they have drawn lucky by avoiding the other two previous champions Egypt and Ghana.

Egypt and Ghana join Algeria and Benin in Group 1. A tough tie against hosts Algeria could eliminate one of the favourites early on and potentially jeopardise their chances of a place at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey later this year, which only comes with progression to the semi-finals.

In 2011, Nigeria beat Cameroon after extra-time but this year the runners-up inclusion in the tournament is scarce. Nigeria’s toughest competition in qualifying from the group stage will come at the hands of Mali, who finished a respectable fourth in 2011.

For hosts Algeria, this is their first ever tournament but will take light from the fact that African teams seem to perform well on home soil. In 2007, Congo won the tournament in their own country and in 2005 Benin defied all odds to finish third. Burkina Faso also finished an impressive fourth in 2003 when they hosted the tournament.

The Youth Radar will mainly feed updates of the tournament via Twitter, so keep posted their, but expect the odd catch-up and article about the tournament on the main site as we look forward to the FIFA U20 World Cup!

Group A Fixtures (source: Wikipedia)

March 16
17:30
Algeria  v  Benin Stade Omar OuciefAïn Témouchent
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
March 16
20:30
Ghana  v  Egypt Stade Omar OuciefAïn Témouchent
Referee: Thierry Nkurunziza (Burundi)

March 19
17:30
Ghana  v  Benin Stade Omar OuciefAïn Témouchent
March 19
20:30
Algeria  v  Egypt Stade Omar OuciefAïn Témouchent

March 22
17:30
Algeria  v  Ghana Stade Omar OuciefAïn Témouchent
March 22
17:30
Benin  v  Egypt Stade Ahmed ZabanaOran

Group 2 Fixtures

March 17
17:30
Nigeria  v  Mali Stade Ahmed ZabanaOran
March 17
20:30
Congo DR  v  Gabon Stade Ahmed ZabanaOran

March 20
17:30
Mali  v  Congo DR Stade Ahmed ZabanaOran
March 20
20:30
Gabon  v  Nigeria Stade Ahmed ZabanaOran

March 23
20:30
Nigeria  v  Congo DR Stade Ahmed ZabanaOran

 

March 23
20:30
Mali  v  Gabon Stade Omar OuciefAïn Témouchent

About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “African U20 Championship Preview – Nigeria Are Obvious Favourites

  1. NIGERIA TEAM IS ONE OF THE FAVOURITES BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN IS GOING TO BE A STROLL IN THE PACK,THERE ARE NO MORE MINNOW IN AFRICA FOOTBALL

    Posted by ILESANMI JULIUS | March 15, 2013, 5:33 pm
  2. Nija wil at list finish 3rd,2nd or 1st no dull moment 4 us.

    Posted by Nsidibe | March 17, 2013, 9:41 am

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