The first leg of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was decided on the weekend of 25th-28th, September and here is a roundup of matches played.
Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Ghana
The Black Princesses showed mental strength in winning away at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, in an encounter made tougher by the vociferous football loving fans of Equatorial Guinea.
Ghanaian Winger Wasila Diwura-Sual scored late in the first half to put Ghana ahead.
All efforts by the Equatorial Guinean players to come back into the game were thwarted by the defensive display of the Black Princesses.
The Black Princesses eliminated Equatorial Guinea 3-4 on penalties in the last edition of qualifiers which saw them book a place at the 2014 U-20 World Cup in Canada.
Ghana are now chasing their fourth successive World Cup appearance at the youth level, having participated in the last three editions of the competition.
The winners will face either Burkina Faso or Ethiopia.
Burkina Faso v Ethiopia
As at the time of this report we haven’t gotten concrete information about the score line in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Zambia 0-0 South Africa
Zambia who were playing in front of the President of the Football Association of Zambia, the legendary Kalusha Bwalya started like a house on fire.
The hosts could easily have gone ahead in the 22nd min, but for a goal line clearance from Basetsana’s defender Chamelle Wiltshire.
Another notable save was Hazel Nali in goal for Zambia saving South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo’a shot after good work from the defender.
South Africa still have much to do if they are to qualify for their first U-20 Women’s World Cup.
DR Congo v Nigeria
Nigeria’s U20 women national team defeated DR Congo U20 Women team 2-1 in Kinshasa.
Goals from Chinasa Uchendu and Chinwendu Ihezuo gave the Falconets an unassailable first half lead before the DR Congo’s pulled one back late in the game.
The second leg of the qualifiers will hold between October 9th- 11th 2015
The winner of the encounter will face either South Africa or Zambia in the third and final round of qualifiers.