Ahead of the 9th edition of FIFA U-20 World Cup, a total of 19 African teams will compete for the two continental slots at the final tournament slated for 2018.
France will host the biennial competition between August 7-26, as well as the Women’s World Cup in 2019.
The qualification process begins with a preliminary round scheduled for the weekend of July 21-23, 2017. The final two teams will be confirmed at the weekend of January 26-28 , 2018.
CAF FIFA U-20 QUALIFIERS
- Burundi vs Djibouti
- Djibouti vs Burundi
- Libya vs Sierra Leone
- Sierra Leone vs Libya
- Botswana vs Kenya
- Kenya vs Botswana
Dates: Match I: 21 – 23 July 2017
Match II: 4 – 6 August 2017
FIRST ROUND – Home and Away
- Burundi/Djibouti vs Rwanda
- South Africa vs Namibia
- Morocco vs Senegal
- Tanzania vs Nigeria
- Libya/Sierra Leone vs Tunisia
- Guinea vs Cameroon
- Algeria vs Ghana
- Botswana/Kenya vs Ethiopia
Dates: Match I: 15 – 17 September 2017
Match II: 29 -30 September, 1st October 2017
SECOND ROUND – Home and Away
15. Djibouti/Burundi or Rwanda vs South Africa/Namibia 16. Morocco/Senegal vs Nigeria/Tanzania 17. Libya/Sierra Leone or Tunisia vs Cameroon/Guinea 18. Algeria/Ghana vs Botswana/Kenya or Ethiopia
Dates: Match I: 3 – 5 November 2017
Match II: 17 – 19 November 2017
THIRD ROUND – Home and Away
19.Winner 15 vs Winner 16 20. Winner 17 vs Winner 18
Dates: Match I: 12 -14 January 2018
Match II: 26 – 28 January 2018
For the mundial, 16 teams from six confederations will play across four cities in France. They include:
- Rennes, Roazhon Park, capacity 29,778.
- Saint-Brieuc, Stade Fred-Aubert, capacity 10,600.
- Saint-Malo, Stade Marville, capacity 2,500.
- Vannes, Stade de la Rabine, capacity 6,080.
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