2015 African U-17 Championship
The 2015 African U-17 Championship was the 11th edition of the biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players aged 17 and below. The tournament took place in Niamey, Niger, and was originally scheduled to be held between 2 and 16 May. However, the date of the opening match was pushed forward to 15 February, with the tournament scheduled to conclude with the final on 1 March.
|Coupe d'Afrique des nations des moins de 17 ans 2015|
|Dates||15 February – 1 March|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Mali (1st title)|
|Goals scored||45 (2.81 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Victor Osimhen|
The semi-finalists of the tournament qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. Mali won the tournament, and were joined by South Africa, Guinea, and Nigeria as CAF qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The qualifiers were played between June and September 2014. At the end of the qualification phase, seven teams joined the hosts Niger.
During CAF Executive Committee meetings held on 21 and 22 September 2013, the CAF Medical Committee was instructed to continue the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to determine the ages of players and consequently their eligibility to participate in the qualifying stages of the tournament. It was also directed to ensure the authenticity of the process as well as the identity of the players involved.
|Niamey||Stade Général Seyni Kountché||35,000|
The referees were:
- Assistant referees
- Babadjide Bienvenu Dina
- Soulaimane Amaldine
- Ahmed Hossam Taha
- Temesgin Samuel Atango
- Marius Donatien Tan
- Abdoulaye Sylla
- Gilbert Cheruiyot
- Souru Phatsoane
- Arsénio Chadreque Marengula
- Abdourahamane Diarra Soumana
- Ababacar Sene
- Serigne Cheikh Toure
- Hamza Hagi Abdi
- Mohammed Abdallah Ibrahim
- Majed Rhouma
- Tapfumanei Mutengwa
The draw for the final tournament was held on 21 December 2014, 11:00 UTC+02:00, at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Niger and Ivory Coast were seeded and placed into Groups A and B respectively.
Each team can register a squad of 21 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers).
- 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;
- Goal difference in all games;
- Goals scored in all games;
- Fair Play point system in which the number of yellow and red cards are evaluated;
- Drawing of lots.
All times UTC+01:00.
|1||Nigeria||3||2||1||0||6||2||+4||7||Knockout stage and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|A. Touré 25'||Report|
|Nwakali 85' (pen.)||Report||Diallo 14' (pen.)|
|Osimhen 36', 48'
|1||Mali||3||2||1||0||6||3||+3||7||Knockout stage and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup|
|Ivory Coast||2–2||South Africa|
B. Traoré 89'
B. Traoré 60'
|Bayemi 3'||Report||Kouadio 79'
Doumbia 85' (pen.)
|Report||B. Traoré 35'|
|Report||A. Touré 51'|
Third place matchEdit
|Osimhen 30'||Report||A. Touré 35'
Keita 40', 53'
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Fokem Achille (against South Africa)
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