It was action time yet again at the weekend (March 11-13) as six teams served up 13 goals in three games in first legs of the last round of qualifiers for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place from 30 September to 21 October in Jordan.
Nigeria and Ghana are the only two sides from the continent that have never missed an edition of the tournament since its inception in 2008 and now a fifth appearance for both West African nations is well on the cards after they showed no mercy to their opponents at the weekend.
NIGERIA 6-0 SOUTH AFRICA
Captain of the Nigeria U-17 Women’s team, Rasheedat Ajibade stole the show at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday as the Flamingos hammered their Bantwana counterparts from South Africa with an overwhelming 6-0 score line.
Yetunde Fajobi contributed the other two goals that ensured that the Flamingos settled the contest in the first half and now hold a healthy lead going into the second leg billed for Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa, South Africa in a fortnight.
The South Africans are looking to qualify for their second FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but can they overturn a 6-0 deficit at home?
Their previous appearance at the finals was in 2010 when they conceded a disappointing 17 goals in three defeats against Germany, Korea Republic and Mexico, and finished bottom of their group.
MOROCCO 0-4 GHANA
The Black Maidens of Ghana spanked Morocco 4-0 in Rabat on Sunday.
The Ghanaians show of dominance began from the get go as their opening goal came in as early as the second minute through Mukarama Abdulah.
They were 3-0 up by the 18th minute as Mary Entoah added a second and Abdulah completed her brace.
Then a fourth goal by the hour mark through Team captain Sandra Owusu Ansah wrapped up the drubbing.
Both sides will clash in two weeks time for the return leg in Accra.
CAMEROON 2-1 EGYPT
Goals from Alexandra Takounda and Soline Djoubi ensured that Cameroon have a slim advantage over Egypt ahead of their second leg clash coming up in two weeks.
Despite the loss however, the Egyptians boast of a valuable away goal scored by Noha Tarek.
The 2-1 score line leaves all to play for in the second leg as neither of the sides has previously qualified for the finals.
For Egypt, they can make history if they qualify as no women team from the North African region has ever represented the continent at the global event.
WHO GOES THROUGH?
It is obvious Nigeria and Ghana have all but qualified for Jordan 2016, that however will be confirmed in two weeks time. But there is still a whole lot to fight for as newbies Cameroon and Egypt both look to qualify for their first ever appearance at the tournament.
There are three tickets to Jordan up for grabs in Africa.
QUALIFIED TEAMS FROM OTHER CONFEDERATIONS
AFC (ASIA) – Jordan (Hosts); Japan; North Korea
CONCACAF (North, Central America & Caribbean) – Mexico; United States; Canada
OFC (Oceania) – New Zealand