9 December 2012

Africa: U-17 and U-20 African Championship Draws Completed in Cairo

Hosts Morocco have been drawn in the same group (A) with Botswana, Gabon and Tunisia for the 10th edition of U-17 African Championship to take place from 13th to 27th April 2013. In a draw conducted at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo, group (B) will see three West African sides namely Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast battle it out with Congo. Reigning champions Burkina Faso failed to qualify for the finals while Botswana will be making their debut at the tournament.

The draw for the 12th edition of the Orange Africa U-20 Championship which takes place in Algeria from 16 to 30 March 2013 was also conducted in Cairo on the same day. In group A hosts will play Benin, Ghana and Egypt while defending champions Nigeria are in group B along with Mali, DR Congo and Gabon. DR Congo have qualified for the tournament for the first time, while Gabon are making only their second appearance.

The semi-finalists in both tournaments will qualify to represent Africa at the respective 2013 FIFA World Cups.

U-17 African Championship draw:

Group A : Morocco, Gabon, Tunisia, Botswana

Group B : Congo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana

Orange U-20 African Championship draw:

Group A : Algeria, Benin, Ghana, Egypt

Group B : Nigeria, Mali, RD Congo, Gabon

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