2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
The 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations was the 2nd edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, the quadrennial international age-restricted football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the men's under-23 national teams of Africa. The tournament started on 28 November and finished on 12 December 2015. A total of eight teams are playing in the tournament.
|2015 Coupe d'Afrique des nations U-23|
|Dates||28 November – 12 December 2015|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Nigeria (1st title)|
|Third place||South Africa|
|Goals scored||36 (2.25 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Etebo Oghenekaro (5 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Azubuike Okechukwu|
|Best goalkeeper||Abdelkader Salhi|
|Fair play award||South Africa|
The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 5–19 December 2015. However, CAF changed the hosts and requested Senegal to host the tournament instead, and the tournament dates were also changed.
On 6 August 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to change the name of the tournament from the CAF U-23 Championship to the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, similar to the senior's version, Africa Cup of Nations.
Same as the previous edition, the tournament acted as the CAF qualifiers for the Olympic football tournament. The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil as the CAF representatives.
Senegal qualified automatically as hosts, while the remaining seven spots were determined by the qualifying rounds, which took place from April to August 2015.
|Team||Appearance||Previous best performance|
|Algeria||2nd||Group stage (2011)|
|Egypt||2nd||Third place (2011)|
|Nigeria||2nd||Group stage (2011)|
|Senegal (hosts)||2nd||Fourth place (2011)|
|South Africa||2nd||Group stage (2011)|
The tournament was held in two venues.
|Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor||Stade Caroline Faye|
|Capacity: 60,000||Capacity: 5,000|
Players born on or after 1 January 1993 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each squad could contain a maximum of 21 players.
A total of 10 referees and 13 assistant referees were selected.
The draw for the final tournament of the competition took place on 14 September 2015, 11:00 UTC+2, at the CAF headquarters in Cairo. The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four. For the draw, the hosts Senegal were seeded in position A1 and the previous tournament's best-placed qualified team Egypt were seeded in position B1. The remaining six teams were drawn from one pot to fill the other positions in the two groups.
The top two teams of each group advanced to the semi-finals.
- Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
- Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
- If, after applying criteria 1 to 3 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 7 apply;
- Goal difference in all games;
- Goals scored in all games;
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Senegal (H)||3||3||0||0||6||1||+5||9||Knockout stage|
|Keita 15' (pen.), 20'
S. Sarr 87'
|Report||Ntshangase 27' (pen.)|
|Kampamba 15'||Report||Jouini 3', 83'|
Motupa 51', 58'
|Kahraba 54'||Report||Chita 68'|
|Niane 55' (pen.)
A. Diarra 64'
|Report||Ajayi 15', 45'
Y. Traoré 83' (o.g.)
|Oghenekaro 20' (pen.), 30' (pen.)||Report||Sobhi 47'
In the knockout stage, if a match was level at the end of normal playing time, extra time would be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the third place match where no extra time would be played.
|9 December – Dakar|
|12 December – Dakar|
|9 December – Dakar|
|12 December – Dakar|
|South Africa (p)||0 (3)|
Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.
|Report||Oghenekaro 76' (pen.)|
Third place play-offEdit
Winner qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.
|2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations Champions|
|South Africa||5||2||1||2||5||7||−2||7||Third place|
|4||Senegal (H)||5||3||1||1||6||2||+4||10||Fourth place|
Qualified teams for OlympicsEdit
The following three teams from CAF qualified for the Olympic football tournament.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|Nigeria||9 December 2015||6 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2008)|
|Algeria||9 December 2015||1 (1980)|
|South Africa||12 December 2015||1 (2000)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year. Statistics include all Olympic format (current Olympic under-23 format started in 1992).
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
- 5 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
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