Senegal become Africa’s first to reach Fifa U-20 World Cup in Poland

Senegal have become the first African team to qualify for the Fifa U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.

After the second matchday in group B at the Caf U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Niger 2019, the Young Lions of Teranga confirmed their place in this year’s world finals after winning their back-to-back matches, defeating Ghana 2-0 at the Stade de Maradi in Niger following a 2-0 win over Mali on 3 February.

The match-winner was Youssouph Mamadou Badji, who scored a first-half brace to lead Senegal to victory and, most importantly, to world finals qualification. Bet Now

The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals and book tickets to Europe. The third and last matchday will take place on Friday 8 February and Saturday 9 February.

Poland will host the Fifa U-20 World Cup from 23 May to 15 June, 2019. At least seven games will be played at each of the six venues. The venue for the opening and final matches is Lodz. In Bielsko-Biala, Bydgoszcz, Gdynia, Lublin and Tychy there will be at least two matches each with a seeded team.

The draw is scheduled for 24 February, 2019 in the Gdynia Arena. Gdynia – like Tychy, Bielsko-Biala, Bydgoszcz, Lodz and Lublin – is one of the venues of the 2019 Fifa U-20 World Cup Poland.

In addition to hosts Poland and Senegal, the following teams have qualified for the tournament:

AFC: Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Concacaf: Honduras, Mexico, Panama and USA

OFC: New Zealand and Tahiti

Uefa: France, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Ukraine