Uganda beats Congo to first place in Group B following drawing of lots

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Sunday, February 26
*Uganda 0-0 South Sudan
*Congo 0-0 Central African Republic

Monday, February 27
*Gambia Vs Benin – 8pm
*Tunisia Vs Zambia – 8pm

Group B Standings

  1. Uganda – 5
  2. Congo – 5
  3. South Sudan – 4
  4. Central African Republic – 1

*Uganda Vs Nigeria
*Gambia Vs South Sudan
*Senegal Vs Group C 3rd
*Congo Vs Group C 2nd


The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) conducted the drawing of lots on Sunday evening to determine the top two teams in Group B of the TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations.

The regulations of the TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations state that if there is a tie, the drawing of lots will be held to confirm the final standings.

The move was necessitated by the fact that Uganda and Congo were level on five points each with an identical goal difference at the top of the group.

The draw was held at the press conference room of the Cairo International Stadium after the final whistle of both final matches of the group in the presence of the media.

A representative of Congo was present at the draw while Uganda’s representative followed the event through a live stream in Ismailia where they played their final group match.

The Hippos of Uganda were drawn first which gives them first place in the group and Congo secured second place.

South Sudan’s goalless draw against Uganda at the Suez Canal Stadium in Ismailia secures third place for the debutants while the Central African Republic finish bottom with one point.

Uganda Hippos will face Nigeria in the Quarterfinals of the ongoing AFCON U20 in Egypt.

The Hippos completed their group games on Sunday with a goalless draw against South Sudan.

Coming into Sunday’s derby, Jackson Mayanja’s side had already booked a place in the knockout but the group position was undecided.

Congo also drew goalless with Central African Republic in the other group B game, to finish level on five points with Uganda.

With both teams having the same goal difference, lots were drawn (coin toss sort of) to determine who finished as the Group Winner.

And Uganda were drawn first out of the pot on Sunday after the games, to confirm the side as the group winner.

And the position pits them against Group A runners Up Nigeria for the epic quarterfinal due March 3 at Cairo International Stadium.

It’s strong to note that the Flying Eagles (Nigeria U20) are the AFCON U20 record winners having won the title a record seven times.

They have taken part in AFCON 17 times, ending as Champions in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 2005, 2011 and 2015.

This year at the ongoing tournament, they lost to eventual Group A winners Senegal before beating Egypt and Mozambique.

A win against Nigeria will send Uganda to not only the semis of the ongoing tournament but also qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia in May/June 2023.

Source:Sports Nation and Cafonline

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