Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia seal slots

Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia seal slots
31 August 2014 10:26

Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Zambia sealed their places for the Orange African Youth Championship Senegal 2015 with convincing wins on Saturday.


The trio joins hosts Senegal and Nigeria for the final tournament whilst the remaining three places will be decided later on Sunday.Cote d’Ivoire bounced back from a 2-1 loss in the first leg to beat Libya 3-1 at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan. ‘Les Elephanteaux’ came from behind yet again after Ali Al-Moatasem fired the Libyans into the lead on the half-hour mark.Two minutes before recess, Junior Ahissan leveled before giving the hosts a 2-1 lead on 75 minutes. 

Three minutes later, Ba Loua scored the crucial third goal to ensure a 4-3 aggregate win for the Ivorians.In Libreville, Gabon were stunned by visiting Ghana, who humbled their hosts 4-1 in front of their local fans. 


The Gabonese held the Black Satellites to a barren draw in the previous fixture in Accra two weeks ago, but they were outplayed by the Ghanaians who sealed qualification in grand style.Goals from Asiedu Attobrah (10th), Yaw Yeboah (45th), Samuel Afful (85th) and Prosper Kassim (90th) were all the Ghanaians needed to reach their fourth successive final tournament of the biennial championship.


Zambia completed a double over neighbours Malawi beating them 1-0 to go through 3-1 on aggregate. Larry Bwalya’s 55th minute goal separated the two sides.The other three slots will be decided between South Africa – Cameroon, Togo – Mali and Egypt – Congo.


The final tournament is scheduled for 8-22 March 2015, where the semi-finalists will represent the continent at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand later next year.


 

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