Africa’s bigwigs continued their dominance as the chase for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 ticket continued over the weekend.
Cameroon, Ghana and South Africa won big in the first leg of the qualifiers.
Cameroon’s Les Liones Cadettes humbled Algeria 4-0 at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers. Ngah Manga grabbing a brace while Fatima Kome and Alice Kameni scored one each to ensure Cameroon started on a high note.
Ghana’s Black Maidens continued their fine run in the qualifiers with a 5-1 win over hapless Gambia at the Independence Stadium in Banjul.
Abdulai Mukarama scored four goals and Nina Norshie also got her name on the scoring chart, while Fatoumatta Sowe scored the lone goal for the home side.
South Africa’s Bantwana demolished Botwsana 5-2 in an encounter that was played at Lobaste Stadium.
Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Tshegofatso, Mosotho Miche Minnies scored once each for the visitors while Leungo Senwelo scored a brace.
In another match, Nigeria shared the spoils against their Ethiopian counterparts with a 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa.
The return matches take place in a fortnight, with the winners advancing to the final round, where Djibouti and Morocco are guaranteed places after Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea withdrew.
Three teams will represent Africa at the final tournament scheduled for 13 November to 1 December 2018 in Uruguay.