The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers for Africa commenced at the weekend with the first legs of first round matches taking place in eight countries across the continent from the 10th-12th of July 2015.
A total of 19 teams entered the qualifying rounds, but only six teams slugged it out in the preliminary stage and the likes of Djibouti, Gabon and Sierra Leone – that withdrew from their game against Liberia – could not survive.
Djibouti lost 7-0 on aggregate to Burkina Faso, while DR Congo trounced Gabon 6-0 to progress to the next round where 13 other teams were waiting.
Congo have taken another huge step going forward on Sunday with an emphatic 4-0 home victory over Namibia just as Ghana and South Africa were also winners on home soil with goals aplenty.
The Black Princesses frustrated their Senegalese counterparts from the get go in Accra to claim a 6-0 win. The Teranga lionesses were torn apart from the second minute as Owusu Ansah Sandra opened the scoring – she would later wrap up proceedings with another goal on 90 minutes. In between Sandra’s brace were goals from Captain Fatima Alhassan, Adobea Princella and two goals from Jane Ayieyam.
Basetsana of South Africa on their part enjoyed an 8-1 trouncing of Botswana.
Away from home, it was Nigeria taking the Lady Starlets of Liberia to the cleaners. At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, a hat trick from Yetunde Adeboyejo, a brace from Amarachi Ojinma and a goal each by Chinwendu Ihezuo and Juliet Sunday helped the Falconets put one leg and four toe nails in the second round of the qualifiers with a 7-1 victory.
Tanzania played the Young Shepolopolos of Zambia at home yesterday but were thrashed 4-0 with goals from Phiri, Banda and a brace from Lungu, meanwhile the Junior Lionesses of Cameroon played out a goalless draw with Ethiopia at home.
The second leg of the first round comes up from the 24–26th July 2015.
Other fixtures include Algeria taking on Burkina Faso at home and Equatorial Guinea filing out against Mali.