U20 Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria, South Africa and Mali join Senegal in semis

Luke Le Roux
Luke Le Roux of South Africa scored from the penalty spot to secure Amajita's place at the World Cup in Poland.

Nigeria, South Africa and Mali joined Senegal in the semi-finals of the Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger which means all four teams have qualified for this year's Under 20 World Cup in Poland in May.

Mali secured the last semi-final spot with a 1-0 victory over former U20 World Cup winners Ghana in their final Group B game on Saturday.

Hadji Drame scored a 53rd minute goal to take Mali through to their seventh Fifa U20 World Cup.

Mali finished second in Group B to Senegal who were emphatic 5-1 winners over Burkina Faso.

Senegal had already qualified for the World Cup after their 2-0 win over Ghana on Thursday.

On Friday, Nigeria beat hosts Niger 1-0 in Niamey thanks to a 73rd minute strike from Ibrahim Alhassan to reach the semi-finals.

South Africa sealed their place with 1-0 win over Burundi at the Stade de Maradi after Luke Le Roux converted a penalty in the 9th minute.

Nigeria finished top of Group A on seven points with South Africa second on five points.

Hosts Niger were third on two points with Burundi finishing bottom of the standings on one point.

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