Nigeria and South Africa set to lock horns as Ghana show who’s Queens
Africa’s second round qualifying stage of the FIFA Women’s world cup in Papua New Guinea was played over the weekend and below is a wrap of all the fixtures.
Nigeria 2 – 1 DR Congo (Aggregate: 4-1)
The Falconets of Nigeria keep proving their mettle en route the World Cup. A brace from the 18-year-old Delta Queens forward, Chinwendu Ihezuo quickly put Nigeria on course to reach the finals in Papua New Guinea.
It was Ihezuo’s goal in the first leg that gave Nigeria a 2-1victory in Kinshasa a fortnight ago.
South Africa 3 – 2 Zambia (Aggregate: 3-2)
With the first leg ending goalless in Lusaka and the Zambian defense standing stout against South Africa’s forwards, The Basetsanas knew they had so much to do in the reverse fixture and they didn’t disappoint their home crowd.
It looked like Zambia were going to get pummelled when Molthalo’s first minute strike found the net but Mukwasa’s strike cancelled it out. The game went goals galore as Makhoali scored Basetsana’s second before Mukwasa equalized again for Zambia.
The ping-pong game looked like it was going to go into penalties until Molthalo scored another goal in the 74th minute.
Burkina Faso 0 – 2 Ethiopia (Aggregate: 0-2)
Let’s first state that THIS game has been delayed for two weeks.
When other teams were in the first round of this qualifying stage, the tussle between Ethiopia and the Confederation of African Football, CAF, continued. The reason?
The West African nation’s civil unrest causing panic in the Ethiopian camp, with the Ethiopian Football Federation refusing to send their girls to Burkina Faso to play the game citing insecurity in the country.
Nonetheless, the fixture was moved forward and the hosts bowed to a Loza Abera brace in an empty stadium in Ouagadougou,
At the time of writing this, the date for the return leg scheduled for Ethiopia could not ascertained.
Ghana 2 – 0 Equatorial Guinea (Aggregate: 3-0)
Diwura Souale’s 31st minute strike gave the black Princesses a first leg lead in Bata.
The Black princesses once again showing their superiority against Equatorial Guinea with two clinical second half goals from Niber Lawrence-Lily and Veronica Appiah in front of a joyous home crowd.
Nzalang Fenenino sub-20 as they’re called has now lost to Ghana, three times in a row at the U-20 World Cup qualifiers.
The Nigerian duo of Yetunde Adeboyejo and Chinwendu Ihezuo as well as the Lucy and Dinkneshs’ starlet Loza Abera, are the top scorers in the competition all tied on four goals apiece.
The third round will see South Africa play Nigeria and Ghana play the winner between Burkina Faso and Ethiopia
We look ahead to the third and final stage of qualifying rounds will be played between the 23rd – 25th of October with the return fixture between the 6th – 8th of November 2015.