Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

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Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
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Founded1979
Region CAF (Africa)
Number of teams8
Current championsFlag of Mali.svg  Mali (1st title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria (7 titles)
Soccerball current event.svg 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

The TotalU-20 Africa 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.

Confederation of African Football governing body of association football in Africa

The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup is the biennial football world championship for male players under the age of 20, organised by FIFA. The competition has been staged every two years since the first tournament in 1977 held in Tunisia. Until 2005 it was known as the FIFA World Youth Championship.

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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 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, similar to the senior's version, Africa Cup of Nations. [1]

Africa Cup of Nations main international association football competition in Africa

The CAF Africa Cup of Nations, officially CAN, also referred to as AFCON, or Total Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, is the main international association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years. The title holders at the time of a FIFA Confederations Cup qualify for that competition.

In July 2016, Total has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions, including the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Champions League, renamed Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations. [2]

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Tournament summary

African U-21 Qualifying for World Cup

YearHost nationQualification 1Qualification 2 World Cup host
To World Cup ScoreNot to World CupTo World Cup ScoreNot to World Cup
1977
Details
[3]
home & awayFlag of Morocco.svg
Morocco
1 – 0
3 – 0
Flag of Guinea.svg
Guinea
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
0 – 1
3 – 2
abandoned
Flag of Egypt (1972-1984).svg
Egypt
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg
Tunisia

African U-21 Cup of Nations

YearHost nationFinalThird Place
ChampionScoreSecond Place
1979
Details
home & awayFlag of Algeria.svg
Algeria
2 – 1
2 – 3
Flag of Guinea.svg
Guinea
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg
Ethiopia
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
1981
Details
home & awayFlag of Egypt (1972-1984).svg
Egypt
2 – 0
1 – 1
Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
Flag of Algeria.svg
Algeria
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
1983
Details
home & awayFlag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2 – 2
2 – 1
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
Flag of Algeria.svg
Algeria
Flag of Guinea.svg
Guinea
1985
Details
home & awayFlag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
1 – 1
2 – 1
Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg
Tunisia
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
Flag of Ethiopia (1975-1987).svg
Ethiopia
1987
Details
home & awayFlag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2 – 1
3 – 0
Flag of Togo.svg
Togo
Flag of Morocco.svg
Morocco
Flag of Somalia.svg
Somalia
1989
Details
home & awayFlag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2 – 0
2 – 1
Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
Flag of Algeria.svg
Algeria
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast

African U-21 Championship

YearHost nationFinalThird Place Match
ChampionScoreSecond PlaceThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
1991
Details
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
2 – 1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
2 – 0Flag of Zambia (1964-1996).svg
Zambia
1993
Details
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
2 – 0Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
3 – 0Flag of Ethiopia (1991-1996).svg
Ethiopia
1995
Details
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
4 – 0Flag of Burundi.svg
Burundi
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
1 – 0Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
1997
Details
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco Flag of Morocco.svg
Morocco
1 – 0Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
2 – 0Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
1999
Details
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
1 – 0Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
2 – 1Flag of Zambia.svg
Zambia
2001
Details
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia Flag of Angola.svg
Angola
2 – 0Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
2 – 0Flag of Ethiopia.svg
Ethiopia

African U-20 Championship

YearHost nationFinalThird Place Match
ChampionScoreSecond PlaceThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
2003
Details
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
4 – 3Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg
Ivory Coast
Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
on penalties
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg
Burkina Faso
2005
Details
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2 – 0Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
Flag of Benin.svg
Benin
1 – 1
(5 – 3)
on penalties
Flag of Morocco.svg
Morocco
2007
Details
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Republic of the Congo Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg
Congo
1 – 0Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of The Gambia.svg
Gambia
3 – 1Flag of Zambia.svg
Zambia
2009
Details
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
2 – 0Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2 – 1Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
2011 [4]
Details
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
3 – 2
aet
Flag of Cameroon.svg
Cameroon
Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
1 – 0Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
2013
Details
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria Flag of Egypt.svg
Egypt
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
on penalties
Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2 – 1Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
2015
Details
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
1 – 0Flag of Senegal.svg
Senegal
Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
3 – 1Flag of Mali.svg
Mali

Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

YearHost nationFinalThird Place Match
ChampionScoreSecond PlaceThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
2017
Details
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia Flag of Zambia.svg
Zambia
2 – 0Flag of Senegal.svg
Senegal
Flag of Guinea.svg
Guinea
2 – 1Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
2019
Details
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger [5] Flag of Mali.svg
Mali
1 – 1
(3 – 2)
on penalties
Flag of Senegal.svg
Senegal
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
0 – 0
(5 – 3)
on penalties
Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2021
Details
Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania [6] [7] To be playedTo be played

Performance by nation

RankTeamChampionsRunners-upThird-placeFourth-placeSemi-finalists
1Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 7 (1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011, 2015)2 (1999, 2007)3 (1995*, 2009, 2013)1 (2019)2 (1979, 1981)
2Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 4 (1981, 1991*, 2003, 2013)1 (2005)3 (1993, 2001, 2011)
3Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3 (1993, 1999*, 2009)2 (2001, 2013)2 (1991, 2015)1 (1997)
4Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 1 (1995)4 (1981, 1993, 2009, 2011)1 (1999)
5Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 1 (2019)1 (1989)1 (2003)4 (1995, 2011, 2013, 2015)
6Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia 1 (2017*)3 (1991, 1999, 2007)
7Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1 (1979)3 (1981, 1983, 1989)
8Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 1 (1997*)1 (2005)1 (1987)
9Flag of Angola.svg  Angola 1 (2001)
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo 1 (2007*)
11Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 3 (1983, 1991, 2003)1 (1997)2 (1985, 1989)
12Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 3 (2015*, 2017, 2019)
13Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1 (1997)1 (2019)2 (2009, 2017)
14Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 1 (1979)1 (2017)1 (1983)
15Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 1 (1985)
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo 1 (1987)
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi 1 (1995)
18Flag of Benin.svg  Benin 1 (2005*)
Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia 1 (2007)
20Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 2 (1993, 2001*)2 (1979, 1985)
21Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia 1 (1987)
22Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso 1 (2003*)
Source for winners and runners-up: RSSSF [8]
* = As hosts

Participating nations

TeamFlag placeholder.svg
1979
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1981
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1983
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1985
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1987
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1989
Flag of Egypt.svg
1991
Flag of Mauritius.svg
1993
Flag of Nigeria.svg
1995
Flag of Morocco.svg
1997
Flag of Ghana.svg
1999
Flag of Ethiopia.svg
2001
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg
2003
Flag of Benin.svg
2005
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg
2007
Flag of Rwanda.svg
2009
Flag of South Africa.svg
2011
Flag of Algeria.svg
2013
Flag of Senegal.svg
2015
Flag of Zambia.svg
2017
Flag of Niger.svg
2019
Flag of Mauritania.svg
2021
Years
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1stSFSF1R×SFGS×6
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola ××1R1R×PR××GS1stGS6
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin ×××××××××××3rd×GS×2
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso ×××××××××4thGSGS3
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi ××××××××2nd×××GS2
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 2R2ndQFQF1R1RGS2nd1st3rdGSGS2nd2ndGS15
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic ×2R×××××××××××××××××1
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo ××××××××××××1stGS2
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo ×××××1R×××××××××GS2
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1R1stQF1RQFQF1st3rdGS3rd1st2ndGSGS3rd1stGS17
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea ×2R×××××××××××××1
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia SF1R×SF1R×GS4th4th××××7
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon ×PR1R××QF×××GS×GS5
Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia ××1RPR×××××××3rdGS×4
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana ×××1RQF3rd1st4th1st2ndGS1stGS2nd3rdGS12
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea 2nd1RSFQF1R1R×GSGS×3rd9
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast ××2ndSFQFSF2nd×3rd×2ndGSGSGSGS11
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 1R××××××××××1
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho ×××××QF×××GSGS××1
Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia ××××PR×××××××××1
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya 1R××××××××××1
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi ×××××××××GS××××1
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali ×××××2nd4thGSGSGS3rdGSGS4th4th4thGS1st13
Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania ×1R××1R×××××××q3
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius 2R××××××GSGS××××3
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 2R1RQFQFSF1RGS1st4thGS10
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique ×××PRQF×××××2
Flag of Niger.svg  Niger ××××××××××××GS1
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria SFSF1st1st1st1st×GS3rd2ndGS1st2nd3rd1st3rd1st4th17
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda ××××××××××××GS1
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal ××PR××PRGSGS2nd2nd2nd7
Flag of Somalia.svg  Somalia ××××SF××××××××××1
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa ××××××××2ndGSGS4thGSGS4th3rd8
Flag of Sudan.svg  Sudan ××1R1R××××GSGS4
Flag of Eswatini.svg  Eswatini ××1R××××××××××××1
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo ×1R1R×2nd××××××××3
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 2R2R1R2ndQF1R6
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda ×××PRPR××××××2
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia ×××1R1R×4th×GSGS4th4thGS1st9
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe ×2RQFQF×××××××3
Legend

Participating nations by year of debut

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

Before 1989

Algeria national under-20 football team national association football team

Algeria national under-20 football team, also known as Algeria Under-20 or Algeria U20, represents Algeria in association football at an under-20 age level and is controlled by the Algerian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Algeria. The current coach is Jean-Marc Nobilo, who was appointed on January 5, 2012.

The Guinea national under-20 football team is the under-20 football team of Guinea. It is controlled by the Guinean Football Federation.

Ethiopian national under-20 football team, also known as Ethiopia Under-20 or Ethiopia U20, represents Ethiopia in association football at an under-20 age level and is controlled by Ethiopian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Ethiopia. The current coach is Atinafu Alemu

After 1991

Ivory Coast national under-20 football team, also known as Côte d'Ivoire Under-20s or Ivory Coast U20(s), represents Ivory Coast in association football at an under-20 age level and is controlled by Ivorian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Ivory Coast.

The Cameroon national under-20 football team, more commonly known as The Indomitable Lions, represents Cameroon in international youth football competitions. The Stade Omnisports in Yaounde is used for home games.

Ghana national U-20 football team known as the Black Satellites, is considered to be the feeder team for the Ghana national football team. They are the former FIFA U-20 World Cup Champions and African Youth Champions, they have also been a three-time African Champion in 1995, 1999, 2009 and a two-time Runner-up at the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1993, 2001 and finished third in 2013. Ghana has participated in only six of the past 19 World Cup events starting with their first in Australia 1993 where they lost the World Cup final 1-2 to Brazil in Sydney and in Argentina 2001 where they lost the World Cup final 0-3 to Argentina in Buenos Aires. Incredibly, in 32 FIFA World Cup matches, Ghana has not lost a game in regulation below the Semi Final level of the FIFA U20 World Cup. They however failed to qualify for 3 consecutive events in UAE 2003, Netherlands 2005 and Canada 2007 until they made the Egypt 2009 Tournament.

Player awards

YearPlayer of the tournamentTop goalscorer
1991
1993
1995
1997 Flag of South Africa.svg Benni McCarthy Flag of South Africa.svg Benni McCarthy
1999 Flag of Guinea.svg Ousmane Bangoura
2001 Flag of Angola.svg Pedro Mantorras
2003 Flag of Egypt.svg Emad Moteab
2005 Flag of Morocco.svg Mouhcine Iajour
2007 Flag of Cameroon.svg Fabrice N'Guessi [9] Flag of Zambia.svg Fwayo Tembo
2009 Flag of Ghana.svg Ransford Osei Flag of Ghana.svg Ransford Osei
2011 Flag of Cameroon.svg Edgar Salli Flag of Nigeria.svg Uche Nwofor
2013 Flag of Egypt.svg Saleh Gomaa Flag of Nigeria.svg Aminu Umar
2015 Flag of Ghana.svg Yaw Yeboah Flag of Nigeria.svg Musa Muhammed
2017 Flag of South Africa.svg Luther Singh Flag of Zambia.svg Patson Daka

FIFA U-20 World Cup performances

Legend
Team Flag of Tunisia (1959-1999).svg
1977
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
1979
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
1981
Flag of Mexico.svg
1983
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
1985
Flag of Chile.svg
1987
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
1989
Flag of Portugal.svg
1991
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
1993
Flag of Qatar.svg
1995
Flag of Malaysia.svg
1997
Flag of Nigeria.svg
1999
Flag of Argentina.svg
2001
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
2003
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
2005
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
2007
Flag of Egypt.svg
2009
Flag of Colombia.svg
2011
Flag of Turkey.svg
2013
Flag of New Zealand.svg
2015
Flag of South Korea.svg
2017
Flag of Poland.svg
2019
Total
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria QF1
Flag of Angola.svg  Angola R21
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin R11
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso R21
Flag of Burundi.svg  Burundi R11
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon R1R1QFR2R1R26
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo R21
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt QFR13rdR2R1R2R2R18
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia R11
Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia R21
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2nd4thQF2nd1st3rdR27
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea R1R12
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast R1R1R1R1R25
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali R13rdR1R1R13rdQ6
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco R1R24th3
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria R13rdR12ndQF2ndQFR2QFR2R2Q12
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 4thR2Q3
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa R1R2R1Q4
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo R11
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia R1R12
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia R1R2QF3

See also

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