U20 AFCON semi-finals: Ghana to face Gambia, Uganda tackles Tunisia


The lineup for this year’s U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania was completed on Friday as Gambia and Tunisia booked their places in the penultimate round of the competition.

This year’s U20 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals will feature Gambia, three-time winners Ghana, debutants Uganda and Tunisia. /VCG

Gambia thumped Central African Republic 3-0 in their quarterfinal at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott to advance to the last four where they will face three-time champions Ghana.

Wally Fofana broke the deadlock after just five minutes in a dominant first half which ended 1-0. Strikes from Momodou Bojang and Alieu Barry early in the second half and in injury time, respectively, sealed an emphatic win for the Young Scorpions.

Ghana had earlier booked their place in the semi-finals following a 4-2 win against Cameroon on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 in over 120 minutes.

The semi-final between Gambia and Ghana will be a rematch of their Group C game which the Gambians won 2-1.

The other quarterfinal saw Tunisia come out on top of Morocco in a North African derby at the Stade Municipal de Nouadhibou.

Following goalless draw in both normal and extra time, the match went to penalties. A disastrous shootout by Morocco saw them miss two of their three spot-kicks while Tunisia successfully converted their first four efforts for a 4-1 win.

Tunisia will face debutants Uganda, who also needed penalties to defeat Burkina Faso. Uganda on 5-3 on post-match penalties after a barren draw at the Stade Cheikha Boidiya in Nouakchott.

The semi-finals will take place on Monday at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott starting with Gambia v Ghana followed by Uganda v Tunisia.

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