African foursome secure spots at Chile 2015

Nigeria and Mali finished as group winners at the CAF U-17 Championship 2015 played in Niger to secure their spots at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 where they will be joined by fellow semi-finalists Guinea and South Africa.

The Golden Eaglets, who beat Zambia 3-1 on Saturday, topped Group A with two wins and one draw. Meanwhile, Guinea, despite being beaten by Niger 2-1 in their last match, finished second in the section with one win, one draw and one defeat.

Mali took Group B honours after beating Côte d'Ivoire 1-0 on Sunday in addition to their earlier win against Cameroon and a draw with South Africa. The Amajimbos gladly took second place after seeing off Cameroon 3-1 in their final group game, after their earlier draws with the group winners and Côte d'Ivoire.

South Africa coach Molefi Nteseki spoke on Sunday after securing his side's spot at Chile 2015, which will be their first ever appearance at a U-17 World Cup. "We are grateful to God firstly for always being with us, we believe that the entire country is happy," Ntseki said.

"I like to thank the South African Football Association and the technical team for all their hard work. Cameroon came with a plan but we had prepared for them very well."