There are 11 nations that have joined hosts Mauritania for the 2021 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.
The tourney is due February 14 to March 4, 2021.
The 2021 edition will be the first of its kind to have expanded 12 teams instead of eight (8).
Uganda, is among the seven countries who will be making their debut.
The Uganda Hippos sealed their slot when they beat Kenya to reach the CECAFA U20 Championship final, and were later joined by Tanzania.
Mali who beat Senegal to win the 2019 title held in Niger but surprisingly, they will not be able to defend their title and none of then semifinalists including South Africa and Nigeria, have qualified.
It should be noted that Nigeria are record winners, having won the title seven times. Egypt and Ghana have won four and three respectively.
How Other Countries Qualified:
On December 19, 2020, Egypt withdrew from the North Zone qualifiers after they were not able to play their first two matches of the tournament due to a number of players testing positive for Covid19.
Consequently, Morocco and Tunisia went on to take the top two slots
Gambia beat Senegal on penalties on November 29 to qualify from the West A Zone.
The WAFU Zone B held in Togo qualified two countries, as Nigeria failed to make it. Ghana and Burkina Faso qualified.
In Central Zone qualifiers held in Equatorial Guinea, the Central Africa Republic and Cameroon topped their respective groups to go through.
In the South Zone, Namibia beat Angola while Mozambique beat Zambia in semis of the Cosafa U20 to reach the final and hence take the two available slots.
Summary of Qualified teams – Wikipedia
|Team||Zone||Appearance||Previous best performance|
|Mauritania (hosts)||West A Zone||1st||Debut|
|Gambia||West A Zone||3rd||Third place(2007)|
|Ghana||West B Zone||12th||Champions(1993,1999, 2009)|
|Burkina Faso||West B Zone||4th||Fourth place(2003)|
|Central African Republic||Central Zone||1st||Debut|