The Nigerian U-20 national team, Falconets, have qualified for the second round of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers after thrashing Liberia 7-0 and 14-1 on aggregate at the National Stadium in Abuja.
Sunshine Queens’ teenage sensation, Aminat Yakubu, scored two goals and Bayelsa Queens’ Joy Bokiri got a brace too. Yetunde Adeboyejo who grabbed a hat-trick in the first leg, could only manage a solitary goal this time as Chinaza Uchendu and Amarachi Orjinma also got their names on the score sheet.
Another huge score line was Ghana walloping Senegal 10-0 on aggregate; the Black Princesses definitely lending a leaf from Nigeria on how to beat lower-ranked teams.
The Basetsanas of South Africa didn’t disappoint. They sounded their intents of qualifying by beating Botswana 9-1 on aggregate. Sikwenza got the lone goal in the 48th minute as they beat Senegal 0-1 away from home.
No one saw this coming, but major upset of the round was Cameroon failing to beat Ethiopia away from home. The young Lionesses fell 1-2 after the first leg ended goalless.
Other results include Algeria losing 2-3 on aggregate to Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea thrashing Mali 4-0, DR Congo walloping Namibia 5-0 and Zambia crushing Tanzania 4-0 – all aggregate results.
The first leg of the third qualifying round will be between the 25th-27th of September while the second leg will take place between the 9th-11th of October.
Burkina Faso v Ethiopia
Equatorial Guinea v Ghana
Zambia v South Africa
Dr Congo v Nigeria.
Burkina Faso have managed to avoid the big guns since beating Djibouti in the preliminary round and they can really fancy their chances against Ethiopia who are also looking to qualify for their first FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.