The baby elephants were triumphant at the last edition in Morocco in 2013 when they edged the Eaglets on penalties. They face a South African side whose best finish was in 2005 when they finished fourth after going down 1-0 to the Ivoirians in the play-off match.
Respective coaches have declared their sides ready for the fixtures and if the thrills of the opening day were any measure of the level of competition at Niger 2015, fans can expect another afternoon of exciting action.
15:00GMT Cote d'Ivoire vs South Africa
18:00GMT Mali vs Cameroon