Rwanda to meet Kenya in CAF U-20 Qualifiers

Posted By: Saddam MIHIGO - On:26/02/2018
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released fixtures of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifiers with Rwanda drawn to face Kenya in the first round.

According to the detailed fixtures released on Sunday, Rwanda will play Kenya in two-legged first round qualifiers with the first leg fixed to be played in Nairobi in the weekend of March 30,31 to April 1 while the return leg is due in the weekend of April 20-22, 2018. The winner between Rwanda and Kenya will face defending champions Zambia in the second round. The second round qualifiers are scheduled for May, 2018. The final qualifying round will be staged in July with the winners earning automatic slots to next year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations. In other first round fixtures, Mauritania will take on Morocco, Guinea Bissau will face Sierra Leone, Algeria will face Tunisia, Liberia will face Benin, Gabon will take on Togo, while Ethiopia has been drawn against Burundi. Zambia, Guinea, Nigeria, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Libya, Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan have been given a bye into the second round. Zambia are defending champions after winning the 2017 edition held in Lusaka following a 2-0 goal against Senegal in the final. In the previous qualifying campaign held in June 2016, Rwanda bowed out in the second round after losing 2-3 on penalties following a 1-all draw aggregate tie. Rwanda last hosted the 2009 edition of the CAF U-20 Nations Cup and could only manage to finish third in their group which was composed of Ghana, Cameroon and Mali respectively. The Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations is the main international youth football competition for CAF nations, and is competed for by under 20 year olds. It is held every two years with the top 4 teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Africa U20 Cup of Nations Qualifiers First Round Qualifiers First Leg: 30,31/3-1/4/2018 Return leg: 20,21,22/4/2018 Kenya vs Rwanda Mauritania vs Morocco Guinea Bissau vs Sierra Leone Algeria vs Tunisia Liberia vs Benin Gabon vs Togo Ethiopia vs Burundi

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