Ghana vs South Africa lock horns on Tuesday in FIFA Under-20 World Cup; certain an African team will qualify for Quarter finals
Four African teams are still chasing the elusive FIFA Under-20 World Cup with either Ghana or South Africa good for a quarterfinal berth… The all-African second round clash between Ghana and South Africa means that there will at least be an African team in the last eight of this year’s FIFAUnder-20 World Cup in Egypt.
African champions the Black Satellites of Ghana, will take on the Amajita from South Africa on Tuesday for a place in the quarterfinals.
This was the case too when Nigeria battled Zambia two years ago at the tournament in Canada, with the Nigeria’s going through to clash with Chile.
Of the five African representatives at Egypt 2009, only Cameroon, runners-up at the African Youth Championship in Rwanda in February, failed to go past their group stage after they finished bottom of their group.
Nigeria, who sneaked through the back door as one of four third best losers after a rather indifferent start to their campaign, will now battle Germany in the knockout stage on Wednesday, while host team Egypt take on another third place loser, Costa Rica.
The Under-20 World Cup has yet to be won by an African team, but it is expected that the remaining teams in the competition would launch a more spirited fight to change this record. By Samm Audu/Goal