The U-17 Africa Championship
From 1985 – 1993, the Under 17 African Championship mainly served as a qualification tournament for the U-17 World Cup.

In 1995, it became a biennial competition on CAF’s calendar with qualification and final phases played by 8 teams in a country. The eight teams, which qualified for the pool stage were divided through draws into 2 pools of 4 and clashed against each other within the pool. The first two teams from each pool qualified for the U-17 World Cup and for the cross semi-finals (1st A vs 2nd B and 1st B vs 2nd A) to pick out the finalists.