2003 African U-17 Championship

The 2003 African U-17 Championship was a football competition organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament took place in Swaziland. The top three teams qualified for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship.

2003 African U-17 Championship
African U-17 Championship 2003
Tournament details
Host countrySwaziland
CityMbabane
Dates25 May – 8 June
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Final positions
Champions Cameroon (1st title)
Runners-up Sierra Leone
Third place Nigeria
Fourth place Egypt
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored44 (2.75 per match)
2001
2005

QualificationEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

The first leg matches were played on either 29 or 30 June 2002. The second leg matches were played on 14 July 2000. The winners advanced to the first round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Zimbabwe   7–1   Mauritius 5–1 2–0
Angola   11–2   São Tomé and Príncipe 5–0 6–2
Lesotho   3–0   Namibia 0–0 3–0
Botswana   0–3   Tanzania 0–1 0–2
Eritrea   1–3   Kenya 0–0 1–3
Liberia   w/o   Sierra Leone
Algeria   w/o   Mauritania
Gabon   w/o   Togo
Senegal   w/o   Guinea-Bissau
Libya   w/o   Niger
Ivory Coast   w/o   Equatorial Guinea
Uganda   w/o   Somalia

First roundEdit

The first leg matches were played on either 21 or 22 December 2002. The second leg matches were played on either 11 or 12 January 2003, except for the Burkina Faso vs Sierra Leone match, which was played on 16 February. The winners advanced to the second round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sierra Leone   1–1 (a)   Burkina Faso 0–0 1–1
Algeria   1–2   Tunisia 0–0 1–2
Gabon   1–2   Cameroon 1–0 0–2
Senegal   4–0   Morocco 1–0 3–0
Zimbabwe   2–3   Malawi 2–1 0–2
Libya   0–1   Egypt 0–1 0–0
Ivory Coast   0–3   Guinea 0–2 0–1
Angola   3–3 (a)   Mozambique 2–3 1–0
Gambia   1–1 (p 4–2)   Mali 0–1 1–0
Lesotho   2–5   South Africa 1–1 1–4
Tanzania   2–6   Ethiopia 1–1 1–5
Kenya   3–2   Ghana 2–0 1–2
Zambia   4–1   Somalia 4–1 [1]
Sudan   w/o   Nigeria

Second roundEdit

The matches were played on different dates from 2 February to 15 March. The winners advanced to the finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sierra Leone   2–1   Tunisia 1–0 1–1
Cameroon   1–0   Senegal 1–0 0–0
Malawi   0–3   Egypt 0–1 0–2
Guinea   4–2   Mozambique 3–0 1–2
Gambia   2–1   Zambia 1–1 1–0
Nigeria   4–2   South Africa 3–1 1–1
Ethiopia   w/o   Kenya 2–0 w/o[2]

Qualified teamsEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Egypt 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7 Advanced to the semi-finals and qualified their under-18s to the 2005 UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup
  Sierra Leone 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
  Guinea 3 1 1 1 9 4 +5 4 Eliminated and missed out on the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship
  Swaziland 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0







Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Nigeria 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9 Advanced to the semi-finals and qualified their under-18s to the 2005 UEFA–CAF Meridian Cup
  Cameroon 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4
  Gambia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 Eliminated and missed out on the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship
  Ethiopia 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 0







Knock-out stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 June - Mbabane
 
 
  Egypt1
 
8 June - Mbabane
 
  Cameroon2
 
  Cameroon (a.e.t.)1
 
5 June - Mbabane
 
  Sierra Leone0
 
  Nigeria0
 
 
  Sierra Leone1
 
Third place
 
 
7 June - Mbabane
 
 
  Egypt1
 
 
  Nigeria3

Semi-finalsEdit


For winning their semi-finals, Cameroon and Sierra Leone qualified for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship with Egypt and Nigeria meeting in the third place match for the third and final place in the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship.

Third place matchEdit

For winning the third place match, Nigeria qualified for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship with Egypt missing out.

FinalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ One-match round.
  2. ^ The Kenya U-17 team was disbanded by their Sports Minister, claiming that 40% of the players that eliminated Ghana in the first round had been over-age. Ghana was not reinstated, and Kenya was banned for two years from all CAF's under-age competitions.

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