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.[1] A total of eight teams are playing in the tournament.

2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
2015 Coupe d'Afrique des nations U-23
2015 Afcon U-23 (logo).png
Tournament details
Host country Senegal
Dates28 November – 12 December 2015
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Nigeria (1st title)
Runners-up Algeria
Third place South Africa
Fourth place Senegal
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored36 (2.25 per match)
Top scorer(s)Nigeria Etebo Oghenekaro (5 goals)
Best player(s)Nigeria Azubuike Okechukwu
Best goalkeeperAlgeria Abdelkader Salhi
Fair play award South Africa
2011
2019

The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 5–19 December 2015.[2][3] However, CAF changed the hosts and requested Senegal to host the tournament instead,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Nigeria won the tournament with a 1–0 final win over Algeria. Both finalists and third-placed South Africa qualified for the Olympics.[7]

QualificationEdit

Senegal qualified automatically as hosts, while the remaining seven spots were determined by the qualifying rounds, which took place from April to August 2015.[3]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament. Defending champions Gabon failed to qualify after they lost to Mali.

Team Appearance Previous best performance
  Algeria 2nd Group stage (2011)
  Egypt 2nd Third place (2011)
  Mali 1st Debut
  Nigeria 2nd Group stage (2011)
  Senegal (hosts) 2nd Fourth place (2011)
  South Africa 2nd Group stage (2011)
  Tunisia 1st Debut
  Zambia 1st Debut

VenuesEdit

The tournament was held in two venues.[1]

Dakar
Locations of the 2015 U-23 Afcon venues
M'Bour
Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor Stade Caroline Faye
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 5,000
 

SquadsEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 1993 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each squad could contain a maximum of 21 players.[8]

Match officialsEdit

A total of 10 referees and 13 assistant referees were selected.[9]

Group stageEdit

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.[5] The eight teams were drawn into two groups of four.[10] 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.[11]

The top two teams of each group advanced to the semi-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[8]

  1. Number of points obtained in games between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference in games between the teams concerned;
  3. Goals scored in games between the teams concerned;
  4. 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;
  5. Goal difference in all games;
  6. Goals scored in all games;
  7. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, GMT (UTC±0).[12]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Senegal (H) 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Knockout stage
2   South Africa 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
3   Tunisia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4   Zambia 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Senegal  3–1  South Africa
Keita   15' (pen.)20'
S. Sarr   87'
Report Ntshangase   27' (pen.)
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
Zambia  1–2  Tunisia
Kampamba   15' Report Jouini   3'83'

South Africa  3–2  Zambia
Masuku   46'
Motupa   51'58'
Report Luchanga   34'
Katema   72'
Tunisia  0–2  Senegal
Report Diédhiou   8'
Diallo   84'

Senegal  1–0  Zambia
Diallo   3' Report
South Africa  1–0  Tunisia
Masuku   85' Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Algeria 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5 Knockout stage
2   Nigeria 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3   Mali 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4   Egypt 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Egypt  1–1  Algeria
Kahraba   54' Report Chita   68'
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Mali  2–3  Nigeria
Niane   55' (pen.)
A. Diarra   64'
Report Ajayi   15'45'
Usman   33'
Referee: Hamada Nampiandra (Madagascar)

Algeria  2–0  Mali
Ferhat   72'
Y. Traoré   83' (o.g.)
Report
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
Nigeria  2–2  Egypt
Oghenekaro   20' (pen.)30' (pen.) Report Sobhi   47'
Elsayed   51'
Referee: Antoine Effa (Cameroon)

Egypt  0–1  Mali
Report Coulibaly   18'
Referee: Hudu Munyemana (Rwanda)
Algeria  0–0  Nigeria
Report
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

Knockout stageEdit

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.[8]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
9 December – Dakar
 
 
  Senegal0
 
12 December – Dakar
 
  Nigeria1
 
  Nigeria2
 
9 December – Dakar
 
  Algeria1
 
  Algeria2
 
 
  South Africa0
 
Third place
 
 
12 December – Dakar
 
 
  Senegal0 (1)
 
 
  South Africa (p)0 (3)

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Senegal  0–1  Nigeria
Report Oghenekaro   76' (pen.)
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)

Algeria  2–0  South Africa
Darfalou   8'
Benkhemassa   49'
Report

Third place play-offEdit

Winner qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Senegal  0–0  South Africa
Report
Penalties
Badji  
Diaw  
I. Sarr  
S. Sarr  
1–3   Motupa
  Mngonyama
  Masuku
  Dolly
  Mahlambi
Referee: Hudu Munyemana (Rwanda)

FinalEdit

Nigeria  2–1  Algeria
Oghenekaro   14' (pen.)40' Report Tope   30' (o.g.)
Referee: Hamada Nampiandra (Madagascar)

WinnersEdit

 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations Champions 
 
Nigeria
First title

Final rankingEdit

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
    Nigeria 5 3 2 0 8 5 +3 11 Champions
    Algeria 5 2 2 1 6 3 +3 8 Runners-up
    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
5   Mali 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3 Eliminated in
Group stage
6   Tunisia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
7   Egypt 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
8   Zambia 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
Source: CAF
(H) Host.

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).

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:[13]

GoalscorersEdit

5 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "CAF Executive Committee decisions of 26 May 2015". CAF. 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ "CAF Media Tweet". CAF. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "CAF Full Calendar". CAFonline.com. 28 February 2015. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Macky Sall accepts to host U-23 Championship in December". CAF. 14 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Decisions of CAF Executive Committee on 6 August 2015". CAF. 9 August 2015.
  6. ^ "QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD – RIO 2016 – Football" (PDF). Rio 2016 Official Website. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ "South Africa grab Africa's final Rio ticket". FIFA.com. 12 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Regulations U23 AFCON English" (PDF). CAF.
  9. ^ "Referees for U-23 AFCON Senegal 2015 announced". CAF. 16 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Results of draw for Final Tournament". CAF. 14 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Procedure for AFCON U-23 Senegal 2015 Final Tournament Draw". CAF. 13 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Fixtures of the Final Tournament of the 2nd U23 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal 2015" (PDF). CAF.
  13. ^ "Azubuike named Most Valuable Player". CAF. 14 December 2015.

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