Nigeria beat Gambia 2-0 on Sunday at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg to complete the African quartet headed to the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The Nigerians, who have won the African Youth Championship a record five previous times, join Cameroon, Mali and Egypt in the semi-finals and at Colombia 2011.
The Flying Eagles finished second in Group B behind Cameroon, while defending FIFA U-20 World Cup champions Ghana were eliminated along with the Gambians. Ghana, who drew with Cameroon 1-1 on Sunday, became the first African team to lift the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009 when they beat Brazil in the final. Nigeria had previously been the most successful youth team from the continent, having lost in the final match of the U-20s at both the 1989 and the 2005 editions. They will look to match those accomplishments in Colombia, which will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in eight cities from 29 July to 20 August.