The 23rd African Cup of Nations Under 20 will take place from February 18 to March 12, 2023 in Egypt. Twelve countries from the continent will compete for the title and the chance to qualify for the U20 World Cup scheduled in Indonesia from May 20 to June 11, 2023. Among the participants is South Sudan, making their first appearance in the tournament.
The opening match is set to take place between Egypt and Mozambique at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, February 19. Recruiters from African and international clubs will be in attendance to watch the young talent on display.
Senegal, who reached the final of the last CHAN against Algeria, are looking for their first continental title at the CAN U20. They are in Group A along with Egypt, Nigeria and Mozambique. Benin, who are back after a decade of absence, are in Group B with Congo Brazzaville, Uganda and the Central African Republic.
Players to watch include Gambian Mamin Sanyang, who has been playing for Bayern Munich’s reserve team this season, and Tunisian Chaïm El Djebali, who is with the reserve of Olympique Lyonnais. El Djebali, who is from Decines, decided to represent Tunisia after having been selected for the France youth teams.
African stars who have participated in the CAN U20 in the past include Seydou Keita (Mali), Mohamad Salah (Egypt), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), Patson Daka (Zambia) and Mido (Egypt).
The CAN U20 is an important platform for showcasing African talent and giving young players the opportunity to be seen by recruiters from around the world.
The tournament promises to be an exciting one as twelve countries compete for the title and a spot in the U20 World Cup.