Guinea U-20 team Credit: CAF Online Media

AFCON U-20 Group A:

  • Guinea 3-2 Mali
  • Zambia 3-1 Egypt

Group B:

  • Sudan 1-3 South Africa
  • Senegal 2-0 Cameroon
[/media-credit] Guinea U-20 team Credit: CAF Online Media

Guinea U-20 national football team has qualified for the FIFA U-20 tournament for the first time since 1979.

The feat was achieved following their 3-2 victory over Mali at the on-going AFCON U-20 tournament in Zambia.

Guinea came from behind twice to win the tense match. Sekoy Koita gave Mali the lead inside the opening 2 minutes. A penalty by Morlaye Sylla leveled the scores early in the second half.

Moussa Diakite scored once again for Mali in the 53rd minute, through a penalty but Sylla canceled the lead 6 minutes later.

With 17 minutes left on the clock, Mohamed Aly Camara headed the home ffrom a curling corner for the winner.

Zambia defeated Egypt 3-1 in the other Group A match in Lusaka.

Karim Hassan gave Egypt a first half lead before Patson Daka leveled for the host country.

Fashion Sakala put the Junior Chipolopolo up 72 minutes before Daka put the icing on the cake on the stroke of full time.

Egypt and Mali exit the competition, the first time since 2011 that Mali has failed to reach the last four of the continental championship.

On Sunday, South Africa and Senegal completed the four teams that will play in the semi-finals.

South Africa overcame South Sudan 3-1 while Senegal defeated Cameroon 2-0.

On Wednesday, hosts Zambia will take on South Africa before Senegal will battle Guinea in an all West African affair the following day.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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