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U20 FIFA World Cup: Africa books multiple R16 appointments with South America

by Lesley Ngwa
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Africa’s three remaining representatives in the U20 World Cup will be meeting with South American teams for a place in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Tunisia will clash with Brazil on Wednesday, while Nigeria is set to go head-to-head with Argentina at 10 p.m. on the same day.The Gambia hopes to continue its unbeaten run when they meet with Group E’s second-place Uruguay.

The young scorpions were the lone sub-Saharan side to top their pool. Adama Bojang was clinical in their 2-1 win over Honduras in the opener, with Tanguy Zoukrou’s own goal and Mamin Sanyang’s second-half strike aiding them in defeating strong contender France. Alagie Saine and teammates shared spoils with Asian side South Korea in the last group games, bringing their point tally to seven and putting them at the top of Group F.

These statistics are highly contested by Uruguay. The young Sky Blue may not have topped Group E, but the boys of Marcelo Broli have been very clinical at the post, scoring seven goals and conceding three in a highly disputed fixture against 2017 Champions England.

As for two-time runners-up Nigeria, their qualification was bagged off a 2-1 win over the Dominican Republic in day one, a superb two-nil win over Italy, and a regrettable 0-2 loss to South American side Brazil. Ladan Bosso is expected to have picked up maximum experience against Brazil as they prepare for Argentina on Wednesday.

However, unlike Brazil, Argentina looks compact at all levels, from the ten goals procured by the prolific attack line to the defense’s one goal conceded. Looking at the story behind their participation, one will expect these five-time champions to make absolute use of this second chance.

Afcon semifinalist Tunisia was among the lucky three. With three points from a 3-0 win over Iraq, the Carthage Eagles have already made a huge achievement by reaching the round of 16 for the very first time in three appearances.

To say they are a full match for one of the most successful sides in the U20 World Cup, Brazil, will be an overstatement, but Montasser Louhichi has advanced reasonable arguments over England and Uruguay for one to believe.

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