Africa: Ghana, Niger Through, Five to Go

Ghana and Niger are the first two teams to qualify for the final tournament of the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Madagascar 2017, leaving the final five spots to the ten teams in contention.

The two sides confirmed their places with stalemates away from home on Saturday. Ghana held western neighbours Cote d’Ivoire to a barren draw at the Robert Champroux Stadium in Abidjan and advanced 3-1 on aggregate, returning to the eight-team finals for the first time since 2013.

Niger also played out a 3-3 draw with host Gabon in Libreville, with the host of the 2015 edition progressing 4-3 on aggregate. Gabonese forward Fahd Richard Moubeti scored a hat-trick whilst a brace from Ibrahim Marou and one from Hamid Ajina was all the Young Menas needed to confirm their ticket to Madagascar, and further confirming that their ouster of World champions and neighbours, Nigeria, at the previous was no fluke.

The identity of the remaining five teams will be known after Sunday’s matches of the third and final round.

The final tournament will be held from 2-16 April 2017 in Madagascar.

Source: Confederation of African Football.