FIFA U-20 Women World Cup Africa qualifiers preview


The second round qualifying stage for the 2016 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea begins today through 27th September 2015.

The fixtures include:


Burkina Faso v Ethiopia

Ethiopia who defied the qualifying odds, beating Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate will face Burkina Faso who clinched an 85th minute winner against Algeria to qualify for the second round.

The two teams look evenly matched.

Key players to look out for are Ethiopia’s Abera who scored a brace against Cameroon while Burkina Faso have Coulibaly who has been influential for them.


Ghana v Equatorial Guinea

This tie is a repeat of the qualifying stage of the FIFA u-20 Women’s World Cup in 2014 where Equatorial Guinea lost heartbreakingly 3-4 on penalties.

Expect lots and lots of goals when the two sides pair up as Ghana and Equatorial Guinea scored a total of 12 goals without conceding, when they saw off Senegal and Mali respectively in the first qualifying stage.

Ghana has the option of Ayieyam who scored 3 goals against Senegal in the first qualifying round while Equatorial Guinea play like beasts whenever they play in front of their fans in Malabo.


DR Congo v Nigeria

This game is also primed to see basketful of goals as DR Congo beat Namibia 5-0 and Nigeria beat Liberia 1-14 also on aggregate.

DR Congo’s Mwadi and Nigeria’s Adeboyejo are the stars to watch in this game, as they top the goal scoring charts in the qualifying stage with 5 goals and 4 goals respectively.

Nigeria’s Adeboyejo who disappointed at the All Africa Games, will be itching to bounce back to goal scoring ways.

History doesn’t favor DR Congo as they lost 7-0 on aggregate against Nigeria who went on to the Semifinals at the 2012 World Cup in Uzbekistan.


Zambia v South Africa

Zambia beat Tanzania 0-4 on aggregate while the Basetsana’s of South Africa demolished Botswana 9-1 on aggregate to reach the second round of qualifying.

South Africa who can rely on the duo of Ndiyebi and Kgatiana in this tie and whose goals helped the Basetsana’s defeat Botswana.

This is a really tricky tie for the young She-Polopolo of Zambia history doesn’t even favor them against the Basetsana’s.

They have played against South Africa at this same stage in 2002, losing 2-4 on aggregate and in 2010 0-6 in the first leg.

History and statistics actually doesn’t favor the She-Polopolo’s and it would take more than a stroke of luck for them to beat South Africa.

Faithful Akpojovwo
Faithful Akpojovwo- Ladies March African Correspondent. She is the third child of a non football-loving family of seven. She got hooked on football at the age of 16 and has enjoyed the ride. She's a Freelance football journalist and a med student in her spare time. Worked as a Sports Correspondent for Cool FM/Nigeria Info FM on Ladies Match. Still does Radio. When she's not covering football and screaming Chelsea!, she's dreaming big. Of the next single soccer-star. To be specific, Dave Azpilicueta.

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