Egypt were the first African team to qualify for the finals, booking their places in the semi-finals of CAF U-20 Championship on Tuesday. Having already beaten Ghana 2-1 in their first group game, a 1-0 win over tournament hosts Algeria was enough to take the Pharaohs through to the last four, with midfielder Ramy Rabiaa heading the game’s decisive goal.
On Wednesday afternoon Mali became the second African team to qualify for Turkey 2013 after beating Congo DR 2-1 in their second Group B match. The victory takes Mali to six points and they can no longer finish lower than second place in their group.
On the third and last matchday of Group A, Ghana beat the hosts 2-0 and ended the group stage in second place with six points. Ghana have therefore booked their place in the semi-final and a ticket to the global showdown in the summer.
Nigeria then became the fourth and final African team to qualify for Turkey 2013 on Saturday, beating the DR Congo 3-1 in their final Group B match at the regional championships. The six time African champions, who lost in the final of the 1989 and 2005 U-20 World Cup, will face Egypt in one semi-final, while Ghana take on Mali in the other.
All four semi-finalists at the CAF U-20 finals will go on to represent the continent at Turkey 2013.