West Africa dominates Africa’s U20 World Cup slots

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Three of the four teams that will represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup are from West Africa as Nigeria, Cameroon and The Gambia all qualified for the semi-finals of the ongoing Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Tunisia who beat Congo in a fiecely contested quarter finals on Friday are the last and only team outside West Africa to make the cut.

The semi-final berth also secures passage to the FIFA U20 World Cup to be hosted in Indonesia. 

The Gambia produced the most elegant performance of the quarterfinals as they marched to a 5-0 victory over South Sudan with Adama Bojang scoring a hat-trick on Friday.

The other game of the day saw Tunisia defeating Congo 5-4 on penalties, after extra-time ended 3-3, to also secure their place in the semi-final.

On Thursday, Senegal defeated Benin 1-0 to advance while Nigeria also won by a similar scoreline against Uganda to progress to the last four.

The two semi-final matches will be played on Monday, 6 March 2023.

Senegal take on Tunisia in the first match at the Suez Canal Authority Stadium in Ismailia at 16h00 local time (14h00 GMT).

The other semi-final game will see The Gambia facing Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium at 19h00 local time (17h00 GMT).

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