Youssef Alnasiri’s 68th minute goal annulled Gambia’s lone goal victory in the first leg three weeks ago in Banjul. Alnasiri almost wrapped up victory five minutes with a header from a free-kick but the Gambian defence weathered the storm with a timely clearance.
In Bamako, a hat-trick from Sidiki Maiga plus Boubacar Traore’s opener gave Mali a 4-1 win over Mauritania, with Hemeya Tanjy grabbing a consolation for the visitors. It was Maiga’s fifth goal over the two legs as ‘Les Aiglons’ advanced 7-1 on aggregate.
Guinea succumbed to a lone goal defeat at home in Conakry to Cote d’Ivoire but still sailed through on the wings of a 2-1 win from the first leg in Abidjan. Ibrahim Sangare scored the only goal on 69 minutes for the Ivorians who finished the game with a man down after Jonas Kouadio N'guessan was sent off on the stroke of full time.
At the Alphonse Massamba Debat Stadium in Brazzaville, visiting Burkina Faso came from behind twice to hold Congo 2-2 and book their place via away goals after a 3-3 tie. Deldy Goyi put the Congolese in the lead on 55 minutes before Mofosse Karidioula levelled four minutes later. Clary Bopossa Mondonga took the homers on the brink of victory six minutes from time only for Ismael Lingani to shatter that dream with the equalizer in stoppage time.
Holders Nigeria booked their place after defeating Burundi 2-1 on Saturday in Calabar to complete a double over the latter. The Flying Eagles, 1-0 winners from the first leg in Bujumbura last month survived early onslaughts from the visitors in a first half that produced no goal.
The first goal of the match only came in the 72nd minute courtesy a penalty converted by Nigeria talisman and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot winner, Victor Osimhen after Samuel Chukwueze was fouled inside the box.
Captain Kelechi Nwakali scored the second goal nine minutes later when he drove home a free kick from 23-yards.
The Burundians pulled one back three minutes from time through Magloire Ndikumana who cashed in on laxity in the Flying Eagles defence to make hay, but the Flying Eagles held on to claim a vital victory and set up a date with Sudan at the final round.
Nigeria coach Emmanuel Amuneke described the back-to-back victories over Burundi as a confident booster ahead of the final round meeting with Sudan.
“It was not an easy game because Burundi came with a game plan but we were able to contain them especially in the second half. The win is good for the confidence of the boys and we would continue to work hard in the coming days for our next matches against Sudan in order to qualify for the U-20 AFCON in Zambia next year,” noted Amuneke.
Angola sealed the place at the ultimate round despite suffering a lone goal defeat away to Gabon in Libreville. Junior Mboulou Nzigou scored the only goal two minutes from time as the ‘Palanquinhas’ advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
South Africa’s Amajita secured their spot at the expense regional rivals Namibia thanks to a 2-0 win in Johannesburg. Fagrie Lakay broke the deadlock from the spot on 25 minutes before Liam Jordan put the icing on the cake two minutes from time to ensure progress 2-0 on aggregate.
Earlier on Friday, Egypt saw off Rwanda 3-2 on penalties in Cairo after a 1-0 win by the visitors took the tie to kicks from the short distance.
Seven teams will emerge from the qualifiers to join host Zambia for the final tournament of the 20th edition of U-20 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for 26 February to 12 March 2017.
Friday, 10 June 2016
Egypt 0-1 (3-2pen) Rwanda (1-0)
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Senegal 2-0 Tunisia (2-1)
Nigeria 2-1 Burundi (1-0)
Gabon 1-0 Angola (0-3)
South Africa 2-0 Namibia (0-0)
Morocco 1-0 (6-7pen) Gambia (0-1)
Guinea 0-1 Cote d’Ivoire (2-1)
Congo 2-2 Burkina Faso (1-1)
Mali 4-1 Mauritania (3-0)
Lesotho 1-0 Mozambique (1-1)
Cameroon 3-0 Zimbabwe (0-0)
Monday, 13 June 2016
Ghana vs Ethiopia (1-2)