Three out of four semifinalists of the WAFU-A zone qualifying tournament for the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations were known on, as Group B match day 2 was concluded in Thiès, Senegal.

Guinea and Guinea-Bissau cut their semifinal tickets after respectively beating Mali 3-1 and Mauritania 1-0, raising their tally to six points each.

With two victories in two matches, the two teams join Senegal in the semi-finals, while Mali and Mauritania are eliminated having lost twice.

Guinea – Mali

The first half witnessed many missed chances for both sides. In the second half, Guinea made use of their opportunities to record their second victory.

Bah Abdourahmane, was pulled down inside the area by Mali defender Yoro Diaby. From the spot Alseny Soumah put Guinea ahead. Soumah then turned provider to assist Ibrahima Sory Bérété who grabbed a quick brace in the 74th and 76th minutes.

Mali managed to score a consolation goal through Diaby’s freekick a minute to full time.

Mauritania – Guinea-Bissau

After losing the first game to Guinea, Mauritania tried their best to rescue their qualification chances. They raided a lot of attacks on Guinea Bissau defense.

But against the run of play it was Guinea Bissau who took the lead after 30 minutes thanks to striker Jamir Sanha.

It was the game’s lone goal. Mauritania pushed forward and had chances including an 80th-minute penalty, but Youssouf War missed the target from the spot.

Source: CAF