At the end of a group stage marked by the fiasco of the host country, Egypt, miserably eliminated, we now know the posters for the quarter-finals of the CAN U20 which will be on the program Thursday and Friday.
This West African derby promises to be unbalanced on paper since Senegal, in the wake of an impressive Pape Diop (4 goals), crushes everything in its path and completed the group stage with 3 victories in the counter. Opposite, Benin has not won a single match and owes its presence among the best 3rd.
Unhappy finalist of the last edition, Uganda held its rank well by finishing 1er of Group B ahead of Congo thanks to a draw. Unbeaten, the Hippos will however have a lot to do against a Nigeria which is gaining momentum after its initial defeat against Senegal (1-0) and which remains on two consecutive victories, having notably sealed the fate of the Egyptian host (1-0 ).
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Gambia – South Sudan
Between Gambia, 3e of the previous edition, and Tom Thumb who is discovering the competition, there is a gap in terms of experience and the Scorpions, authors of a clear round, will obviously start as favourites. Impactful and difficult to maneuver, this South Sudanese team still risks giving the Gambians a hard time.
Congo – Tunisia
This quarter promises to be quite open between two irregular teams and which do not always show themselves at the expected level. Like Congo, still undefeated but disappointing at times, and Tunisia, finally emerging from its torpor against Zambia (2-1) after two fairly dull first matches.
The quarter-final schedule
Thursday March 2
3 p.m., Senegal-Benin, Cairo International Stadium
6 p.m., Uganda-Nigeria, Suez Canal Stadium
Friday March 3
3 p.m., Gambia – South Sudan, Alexandria
6 p.m., Congo – Tunisia, Cairo International Stadium