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Africa, Under 20s

Familiar Faces in African Under 20 Championship Finals

Ghana’s Under 20 side won the 2009 World Cup in Brazil.

Ghana squeezed through to the 12th edition of the African Under 20 Championship Finals after a scarily-exciting two-legged affair with Morocco.

The Ghanaians breezed through the first leg, winning 4-1 in Accra but were quickly pegged back in the return leg that saw Morocco go in 2-0 up at half-time.

Morocco finally won the tie 3-1 but it wasn’t enough as Ghana progressed to their ninth finals appearance.

Egypt will also make their ninth finals appearance as they beat Angola in qualifying.

Defending champions Nigeria beat South Africa in the second-leg of their tie to secure qualification. They drew the first leg but managed to triumph 2-0 at home to book their place in Algeria.

A brace from Samba Diallo saw Mali win 3-0 and reach the tournament after they beat Zambia.

Gabon will be keen to emulate their under 23 side who won the continent’s prize and a place at the Olympic games when they won the African Under 23 Championship in December 2011. Their under 20 side qualified for this tournament at the expense of Burkina Faso.

Benin and Congo will also participate at the tournament. For Congo, it will be their first ever appearance in this major tournament.

The tournament begins in March 2013 and The Youth Radar will bring all the latest coverage from Algeria.

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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.

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