CAF Africa U-20 Cup of Nations

Short History

     The Africa U-20 Cup of Nations is an international association football competition for U-20 years old players organised by the CAF. The tournament started in 1977 as African U-21 qualifying for the World Youth Championship. From 1979 until 1989 it was known as the African U-21 Cup of Nations and was played on home and away basis. Since 1991 it was known as the African U-21 Championship and the final tournaments were played in one country. From 2003 competition was changed for U-20 national teams, known as the African U-20 Championship, and from 2017 the name was changed to the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations. It is held every two years with the top four teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Tournaments

Editions

Edition Year Host Date Nations Matches Venues Cities
African U-21 Qualifying for World Cup
1. 1977 Home & Away basis ? - ? 1977 4 nations 4 matches
African U-21 Cup of Nations
2. 1979 Home & Away basis 6 Aug 1978 - 25 Feb 1979 11 nations 20 matches
3. 1981 Home & Away basis 8 Jun 1980 - 24 Apr 1981 14 nations 24 matches
4. 1983 Home & Away basis 25 Jun 1982 - 16 Apr 1983 18 nations 31 matches
5. 1985 Home & Away basis 2 Sep 1984 - 4 May 1985 17 nations 34 matches
6. 1987 Home & Away basis 14 Jun 1986 - 18 Apr 1987 15 nations 28 matches
7. 1989 Home & Away basis 30 Apr 1988 - 14 Jan 1989 16 nations 30 matches
African U-21 Championship
8. 1991 Egypt 22 Feb - 8 Mar 1991 6 nations 10 matches 3 venues 3 cities
9. 1993 Mauritius 30 Jan - 10 Feb 1993 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
10. 1995 Nigeria 28 Jan - 8 Feb 1995 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
11. 1997 Morocco 23 Mar - 5 Apr 1997 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
12. 1999 Ghana 21 Feb - 7 Mar 1999 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
13. 2001 Ethiopia 18 Mar - 1 Apr 2001 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
African U-20 Championship
14. 2003 Burkina Faso 4 - 18 January 2003 8 nations 16 matches 2 venues 2 cities
15. 2005 Benin 15 - 29 January 2005 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
16. 2007 Congo 20 Jan - 3 Feb 2007 8 nations 16 matches ? venues ? cities
17. 2009 Rwanda 18 Jan - 1 Feb 2009 8 nations 16 matches 1 venues 1 cities
18. 2011 South Africa 17 Apr - 1 May 2011 8 nations 16 matches 2 venues 1 cities
19. 2013 Algeria 16 - 30 March 2013 8 nations 16 matches 2 venues 2 cities
20. 2015 Senegal 8 - 22 March 2015 8 nations 16 matches 2 venues 2 cities
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
21. 2017 Zambia 26 Feb - 12 Mar 2017 8 nations 16 matches 2 venues 2 cities
22. 2019 Niger 2 - 17 February 2019 8 nations 16 matches 2 venues 2 cities

Final positions

Edition Year Host Champions Runners-up Third place
African U-21 Qualifying for World Cup
1. 1977 Home & Away basis Ivory Coast
Morocco
Qualified for WC
African U-21 Cup of Nations
2. 1979 Home & Away basis ALGERIA Guinea
3. 1981 Home & Away basis EGYPT Cameroon
4. 1983 Home & Away basis NIGERIA Ivory Coast
5. 1985 Home & Away basis NIGERIA Tunisia
6. 1987 Home & Away basis NIGERIA Togo
7. 1989 Home & Away basis NIGERIA Mali
African U-21 Championship
8. 1991 Egypt EGYPT Ivory Coast Ghana
9. 1993 Mauritius GHANA Cameroon Egypt
10. 1995 Nigeria CAMEROON Burundi Nigeria
11. 1997 Morocco MOROCCO South Africa Ivory Coast
12. 1999 Ghana GHANA Nigeria Cameroon
13. 2001 Ethiopia ANGOLA Ghana Egypt
African U-20 Championship
14. 2003 Burkina Faso EGYPT Ivory Coast Mali
15. 2005 Benin NIGERIA Egypt Benin
16. 2007 Congo CONGO Nigeria Gambia
17. 2009 Rwanda GHANA Cameroon Nigeria
18. 2011 South Africa NIGERIA Cameroon Egypt
19. 2013 Algeria EGYPT Ghana Nigeria
20. 2015 Senegal NIGERIA Senegal Ghana
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
21. 2017 Zambia ZAMBIA Senegal Guinea
22. 2019 Niger MALI Senegal South Africa

Results

Edition Year Host Final 3. place play-off Semi-finals
African U-21 Qualifying for World Cup
1. 1977 Home & Away basis PO Guinea - Morocco 0-1
PO Morocco - Guinea 3-0
PO Egypt - Ivory Coast 1-0
PO Ivory Coast - Egypt 3-2*
The match was abandoned
after Egypt walked off
African U-21 Cup of Nations
2. 1979 Home & Away basis Algeria - Guinea 2-1
Guinea - Algeria 3-2
No third place play-off matches Ethiopia - Algeria 0-0, 0-1
Nigeria - Guinea 0-1, 1-1
3. 1981 Home & Away basis Cameroon - Egypt 1-1
Egypt - Cameroon 2-0
Algeria - Egypt (Algeria withdrew)
Nigeria - Cameroon 2-3, 0-1
4. 1983 Home & Away basis Ivory Coast - Nigeria 2-2
Nigeria - Ivory Coast 2-1
Guinea - Nigeria 2-1, 0-2
Ivory Coast - Algeria 1-0, 1-2
5. 1985 Home & Away basis Tunisia - Nigeria 1-1
Nigeria - Tunisia 2-1
Nigeria - Ethiopia 3-0, 1-1
Ivory Coast - Tunisia 1-1, 0-0
6. 1987 Home & Away basis Togo - Nigeria 1-2
Nigeria - Togo 3-0
Nigeria - Somalia 1-0, 1-0
Morocco - Togo 1-0, 0-2
7. 1989 Home & Away basis Mali - Nigeria 1-2
Nigeria - Mali 2-0
Ivory Coast - Nigeria 2-2, 0-2
Algeria - Mali 1-1, 0-0
African U-21 Cup of Nations
8. 1991 Egypt Egypt - Ivory Coast 2-1 Ghana - Zambia 2-0 Egypt - Ghana 1-0
Ivory Coast - Zambia 0-0 (p 4-3)
9. 1993 Mauritius Ghana - Cameroon 2-0 Egypt - Ethiopia 3-0 Ghana - Egypt 3-1 (a.e.t.)
Cameroon - Ethiopia 5-0
10. 1995 Nigeria Cameroon - Burundi 4-0 Nigeria - Mali 1-0 Cameroon - Nigeria 2-1
Burundi - Mali 3-0
11. 1997 Morocco Morocco - South Africa 1-0 Ivory Coast - Ghana 2-0 Morocco - Ivory Coast 2-1
South Africa - Ghana 1-1 (p 4-3)
12. 1999 Ghana Ghana - Nigeria 1-0 Cameroon - Zambia 2-1 Ghana - Zambia 3-1
Nigeria - Cameroon 2-1
13. 2001 Ethiopia Angola - Ghana 2-0 Egypt - Ethiopia 2-0 Angola - Ethiopia 5-2
Ghana - Egypt 1-1 (p 6-5)
African U-20 Championship
14. 2003 Burkina Faso Egypt - Burkina Faso 4-3 (a.e.t.) Mali - Burkina Faso 1-1 (p 5-4) Egypt - Mali 1-0
Ivory Coast - Burkina Faso 0-0 (p 3-1)
15. 2005 Benin Nigeria - Egypt 2-0 Benin - Morocco 1-1 (p 5-3) Nigeria - Morocco 2-2 (p 5-3)
Egypt - Benin 1-1 (p 3-1)
16. 2007 Congo Congo - Nigeria 1-0 Gambia - Zambia 3-1 Congo - Zambia 1-0
Nigeria - Gambia 1-0
17. 2009 Rwanda Ghana - Cameroon 2-0 Nigeria - South Africa 2-1 Ghana - South Africa 4-3
Cameroon - Nigeria 2-0
18. 2011 South Africa Nigeria - Cameroon 3-2 Egypt - Mali 1-0 Nigeria - Mali 2-0
Cameroon - Egypt 0-0 (p 4-2)
19. 2013 Algeria Egypt - Ghana 1-1 (p 5-4) Nigeria - Mali 2-1 Egypt - Nigeria 2-0
Ghana - Mali 0-0 (p 4-2)
20. 2015 Senegal Nigeria - Senegal 1-0 Ghana - Mali 3-1 Nigeria - Ghana 2-0
Senegal - Mali 2-1
Africa U-20 Cup of Nations
21. 2017 Zambia Zambia - Senegal 2-0 Guinea - South Africa 2-1 Zambia - South Africa 1-0 (a.e.t.)
Senegal - Guinea 1-0
22. 2019 Niger Mali - Senegal 1-1 (p 3-2) South Africa - Nigeria 0-0 (p 5-3) Mali - Nigeria 1-1 (p 4-3)
Senegal - South Africa 1-0

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