France 2018: Big guns advance to second round

Rebecca Magoma

Favourites progressed to the second round of the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup qualifiers following big wins in reverse fixtures of the first round.

The Falconets of Nigeria walloped their counterparts Tanzania 6-0 at the Azam Stadium in Dar Es salaam following a 3-0 win. They book a slot in the second round with a 9-0 aggregate score.

In another match, Ghana posted a 5-0 victory over Algeria in the return leg to register a 10-0 aggregate win, after a similar 5-0 result in the first leg.

South Africa also booked a slot in the second round following a 4-0 win (9-0 on aggregate) over Namibia.

Kenya shocked Ethiopia with a 2-1 win at the Kenyatta Stadium Machakos after forcing a 2-2 draw in the first leg that was played at Hawassa International Stadium in Ethiopia. Kenya qualified with a 4-3 aggregate.

The contest between Morocco and Senegal was a much tighter affair with the North Africans losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture after registering a 2-0 victory over the West Africans in the previous game. A 3-2 aggregate win was enough to see Morocco through to the second round, a feat achieved for the first time in a long time.

Burundi and Sierra Leone advance via walkover after their opponents Rwanda and Tunisia pulled out of the qualifiers. Cameroon secure their place also by walkover after Guinea withdrew from the second leg of the reverse fixture following a 9-0 loss in the first leg.

Here are the second round pairings:

Burundi vs South Africa                                                                                                                                                          Morocco vs Nigeria                                                                                                                                                                  Sierra Leone vs Cameroon                                                                                                                                                      Ghana vs Kenya

Between 3-5 and 17-19 November 2017, four winners are expected to progress to the third and final qualifying round.

The finals in France is scheduled for 5 -24 August, 2018, across four official host cities located in the region of Brittany: Concarneau (Stade Guy Piriou), Dinan/Léhon (Stade du Clos Gastel in Léhon), Saint-Malo (Stade Marville) and Vannes (Stade de la Rabine).

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