29 May Zambia and Senegal fly the flag
Zambia and Senegal finished the CAF U-20 Cup of Nations as the top two sides and now they have proven their strength by qualifying to the round of 16 stage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Unfortunately the other two African teams South Africa and Guinea could not make it out of their groups.
Amajita finished at the bottom of group D. The South Africans struggled to score on numerous occasions, especially in the matches against Japan and Uruguay. They lost to Japan and Italy but they managed to hold the South American champions to a draw.
Guinea had a torrid time in group A. They were handed heavy defeats by Korea Republic (3-0) and Argentina (5-0). They held group winners England to a 1-all draw.
Zambia and Senegal, however, continue to fly the continent’s flag high.
African champions Zambia topped group C with impressive wins over Portugal and Iran. They kicked off the tournament with a 2-1 win over the Portuguese and then came back from being two goals down to beating Iran 4-2. They were already guaranteed of reaching the knockout stage when they lost 1-0 to Costa Rica.
Senegal finished second in group F. They beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 and then lost to USA, who topped the group. They drew with Ecuador in the last group match to book their spot in the knockout rounds.
Zambia will face Germany on Wednesday, May 31, at 13:00 on channel 246 (Sports Premium while Senegal takes on Mexico on Thursday on channels 245 (World Football) and 246.
Can the African sides move on to the quarter finals of the World Cup?
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Schedule for the rest of the tournament is as follows:
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