01 September 2014 11:12
Holders Egypt was the notable absentees as the roll call for the Orange African Youth Championship Senegal 2015 was completed at the weekend.
The Young Pharaohs were ousted by their Congolese counterparts despite managing a 2-1 win in the second leg clash of the final round qualifier on Sunday in Alexandria. The Congolese progressed 3-2 on aggregate.Other qualified teams are Mali and South Africa who joined Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Zambia, who sealed their places earlier on Saturday.
Senegal qualified automatically as hosts whilst Nigeria reached the final tournament following the withdrawal of Lesotho in the final round fixture.The failure of the Egyptians means that for the first time since 2009, the reigning champion will play a no part in the final tournament of the biennial youth championship.
The Young Pharaohs started well in the tension-packed game against the Congolese which saw eight yellow cards with six of them for the visitors. Youssef Mohamed ‘Obama’ broke the deadlock on 22 minutes before the visitors leveled four minutes after recess through Arci Tchibaut Mouanga.On 78 minutes, Karim Hassan restored the lead for the Egyptians but it was not enough to earn them a ticket to defend their title in Senegal next year.
Elsewhere in Lome, Togo eased past Mali 1-0 courtesy a Abdou-Samou Tchatakora 19th minute goal, allowing the Malians passage 2-1 on aggregate.South Africa’s Amajita came from behind to beat Cameroon 2-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Marius Noubissi put ‘Les Lionceaux’ up after only 3 minutes before Fagrie Lakay netted a brace (38th and 44th) to seal victory for the hosts. The South Africans advanced 3-2 on aggregate.Earlier on Saturday, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Zambia sealed their places with convincing wins.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 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.
30-08-2014 Zambia 1-0 Malawi (2-1)
30-08-2014 Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 Libya (1-2)
30-08-2014 Gabon 1-4 Ghana (0-0)
31-08-2014 South Africa 2-1 Cameroon (1-1)
31-08-2014 Togo 1-0 Mali (0-2)
31-08-2014 Egypt 2-1 Congo (0-2)*Teams in bold have qualifiedQualified teams: Senegal (Hosts), Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia