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Uganda’s Derrick Kakooza celebrates after scoring against Mozambique at the Under-20 Afcon in Mauritania. PHOTO/CAF Online

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Pairings complete for Total AFCON U20 Quarter finals

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, Feb 23 – A mouth-watering showpiece awaits on Thursday and Friday in Mauritania when the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations gets into the quarter finals stage, after the completion of the last round of group matches on Monday evening.

While there was a heartbreak for the host nation, Mauritania after failing to squeeze into one of the best two third placed teams, the remaining eight teams are expected to provide top notch entertainment on the pitch over the two days.

The East and Central Africa (CECAFA) region will be represented by Uganda who finished second in Group B while Tanzania have been eliminated after losing their last match 3-0 to Morocco on Tuesday.

They finished the competition with just one point from their draw against Gambia who squeezed in to the quarters after beating Ghana 2-1 in their last group match.

Here is the complete line up for the last eight.

QF1 – Cameroon vs Ghana, Stade Olympique, Thursday

This will be one of the ties to watch and what most people have referred to as the final before the final. Cameroon finished top of Group A with a 100pc record while Ghana who were in Group C managed a place in the last eight as one of the two best third placed teams.

QF2 – Burkina Faso vs Uganda, Stade Cheikha Ould Boidiya, Thursday

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The Burkinabes topped Group B with seven points after two wins and a draw and will come up against debutants Uganda who finished second in Group A after beating Mozambique and hosts Mauritania, their only loss being against Cameroon.

QF3 – Morocco vs Tunisia, Stade Municipal de Nouadhibou, Friday

A North African derby all the way in Mauritania, Group C table toppers Morocco finished off with seven points after wins over Tanzania and Gambia as well as a draw with Ghana. They come up against with one of the two best placed number threes in Tunisia who had four points from a win over Namibia and a draw against Burkina Faso. They lost to Central Africa Republic in the last round of group matches.

QF4 – Central Africa Republic vs Gambia, Stade Olympique, Friday

Both the Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Gambia managed to earn their automatic qualification slots on the final day of the group stage. CAR shocked Tunisia in their last match to skip into second slot while Gambia were also winners on the last day beating Ghana 2-1 to edge them out of the automatic qualification slots.

-By CAF Online

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