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CAF U-20 AFCON: Things to know:



  1. U-20 AFCON was formally known as African Youth Championship or Africa U-20 Championship
  2. 1979: U-20 AFCON was founded
  3. 1979 to 1989: The tournament was played on home and away matches to determine the African champions
  4. 1991: CAF introduced a final tournament system played by 8 teams and hosted by a chosen country.
  5. 2015: CAF changed the name to U-20 AFCON
  6. Algeria: The first U-20 champion in 1979
  7. Nigeria: The most successful U-20 AFCON team with 7 titles out of 9 finals
  8. Egypt, Ghana and Cameroon have played five finals each and winning 4, 3 and 1 titles respectively
  9. Algeria, Angola, Congo and Morocco have played in the final once and won the title in each of those occasions.
  10. Cote d’Ivoire: The only country to have played in the final 3 times without winning the title.
  11. Burundi, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia: Each of them have played in the final once without winning the title
  12. 1995: Cameroon 4-0 defeat of Burundi is the highest recorded winning score difference in the history of U-20 AFCON final match.
  13. Egypt: The only country to have participated in 17 out of 20 CAF U-20 AFCON (2017 inclusive). Nigeria 16, Cameroon 15, Ghana 13, Mali 12, Cote d’Ivoire 11 and Morocco 10. Others are below 10.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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