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The 2007 edition of the African Youth Championship will kick off on the 20th of January in Congo-Brazzaville. 8 teams have qualified, split up in groups 4, with top 2 teams in each group advancing to the semi's.

Group A
Congo Brazzaville
Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso
Gambia

Group B
Nigeria
Egypt
Cameroon
Zambia

Full schedule: http://www.cafonline.com/competitions.php?head=African Youth Championship&loc=competitions/youth_championship/matches.htm

Nigeria won the previous edition in 2005 in Benin defeating Egypt 2-0 in the final.
 

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Also worth mentioning that the four semi-finalists are coming here to Canada in the summer for the WYC.
 

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Umarnino said:
So the world youth championships happen every two years?
Yep.
Here's a list of the years, venues and scores of the final game:

World Youth Cup U-20
1977 Tunisia - USSR 2-2 Mexico (7-6 pen)
1979 Japan - Argentina 3-1 USSR
1981 Australia - West Germany 4-0 Qatar
1983 Mexico - Brazil 1-0 Argentina
1985 USSR - Brazil 1-0 Spain
1987 Chile - Yugoslavia 1-1 West Germany (5-4 pen)
1989 Saudi Arabia - Portugal 2-0 Nigeria
1991 Portugal - Portugal 0-0 Brazil (4-2 pen)
1993 Australia - Brazil 2-1 Ghana
1995 Qatar - Argentina 2-0 Brazil
1997 Malaysia - Argentina 2-1 Uruguay
1999 Nigeria - Spain 4-0 Japan
2001 Argentina - Argentina 3-0 Ghana
2003 UAE - Brazil 1-0 Spain
2005 Netherlands - Argentina 2-1 Nigeria
2007 Canada -
 

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Group A results from Day 1:

Congo 2-0 Ivory Coast
Gambia 2-0 Burkina Faso (Umarnino ... one step closer!)
 

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TonyStarks said:
Group A results from Day 1:

Congo 2-0 Ivory Coast
Gambia 2-0 Burkina Faso (Umarnino ... one step closer!)
I no :D. Hopefully this year we can win it and in more of a 'legit' way than getting our fans to run onto the pitch:happy:.
 

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Group A: Ivory Coast 0-2 Burkina Faso
Group B: Congo 0-1 Gambia (YUJAM: Congrats, you're going to the World Cup!)

Group B: Zambia 3-2 Cameroon

Could this signal a change in the future of African football?
 

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YUJAM? It will be nice to see both Gambia and Senegal having strong national teams though should really have a unified one. Gambia to win ANC?
 

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My bad, had a LOOOOOOOOONG day and I got you and YUJAM confused LOL. But yeah, its nice to see these smaller nations emerge like this. Does Gambia have that many pros in Europe? Other than the keeper (who was HUGE against Algeria), I cant recall anyone else.
 

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Sonko (not Ibrahima) plays for a dutch team, NAC come to mind but I'm not sure and there are few in the Norwegian leagues one that comes to mind is a certain keeper who ate bananas that were chucked at him...

When I went to Gambia I saw there is alot of talent, the problem is, there isn't enough discipline and investment into the game. Most the compounds there, with the right nurturing, would build really strong teams that could challenge continentally and I would like to see that in my lifetime, even if that means me doing the investment in the future.
 

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Day 3 Results:

Zambia 3-0 Egypt
Cameroon 2-0 Nigeria

Congo 1-0 Burkina Faso
Gambia 1-0 Ivory Coast

Semi-finals:

Gambia vs Nigeria
Congo-Brazza vs Zambia
 

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Zambia import food for Congo tie

Zambian players will eat food prepared in DR Congo ahead of their African Youth Championship semi-final against hosts Congo on Tuesday.

Fearing 'dirty tricks', meals for the 18-man squad will be prepared at the Zambian embassy in Kinshasa, capital of the DR Congo, an official admitted.

"At this stage of the competition anything can happen, especially when you are playing the host nation for a place in the final," warned Zambian delegation leader Machacha Shepande.

'Dirty tricks' have been part of African football for decades with visiting national and club sides regularly subjected to a range of difficulties designed to disrupt preparations and lower morale.

Sub-standard food, no hot water and insect-infested rooms at hotels, no keys to open training facilities, and unnecessarily long trips in buses lacking air conditioning are some examples of previous tactics employed.

Defending champions Nigeria and Gambia, the only team boasting a 100 percent record in the pool phase, meet in the other semi-final in Brazzaville at the same time.
 

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Man I completely forget about the semi's today ....

Nigeria 1-0 Gambia
Congo 1-0 Zambia

Defending champs Nigeria will face the hosts Congo in the finals!
 
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