The South African U-17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) turned the tables on Zambia this past weekend (Saturday, 14 March 2020), beating them 3-0 thereby overturning a 2-0 loss from the first leg.

The victory earned Bantwana a spot in the final round of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020, as they joined four other teams – Cameroon, Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.

Just like South Africa, Uganda reversed first-leg deficits in the qualifiers, while Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria cruised through in style.

  • In Yaounde, Les Lionnes U-17 proved too hot to handle for Sao Tome e Principe with a 6-0 win and 10-0 on aggregate
  • Ghana’s Black Maidens completed a double over their Liberian counterparts with an 8-0 victory in Accra
  • Nigeria continued their flourishing campaign for a ticket to India with a 5-1 home win against their Guinean counterparts at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Saturday. Victory secured the Flamingos passage with an emphatic 11-2 aggregate win following their 6-1 first leg win last week in Conakry
  • Elsewhere in Johannesburg, South Africa overturned a 2-0 loss from the first leg with a 3-0 win against neighbours Zambia to progress. Captain Jessica Wade broke the deadlock on 12 minutes before second half strikes from Nelly Gamede and Kananelo Taiwe completed the comeback
  • In Kampala, five-star Uganda humbled neighbours Tanzania 5-0 to advance 6-2 on aggregate. Star player Juliet Nalukenge scored a second half brace with Margret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba and Grace Aluka also finding target.

CAF Qualifiers First Round, Second Leg Results:
South Africa 3 – 0  Zambia (3-2 agg)
Cameroon 6 – 0 São Tomé and Príncipe (10-0 agg)
Ghana 8 – 0 Liberia (10-0 agg)
Uganda 5 – 0 Tanzania (6-2 agg)
Nigeria 5 – 1 Guinea (11-2 agg)

South Africa’s victory was the most thrilling of all, as they won 3-0 to complete a seemingly unlikely comeback. Two goals down from the first leg in neighbouring Zambia, Bantwana were given hope by a 12th minute opener from captain Jessica Wade before completing the comeback through second-half strikes from Nelly Gamede and Kananelo Taiwe.

Tension levels were lower in Kampala, where Uganda reversed their 2-1 first-leg deficit with a degree of ease. The impressive Juliet Nalukenge grabbed a brace, with Margret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba and Grace Aluka also on target, as they put five unanswered goals past their Tanzanian visitors.

Ghana were the weekend’s biggest winners, racking up an 8-0 win over Liberia in which Ophelia Amponsah scored four times – all in the opening 14 minutes.

Also ending the round with a 10-0 aggregate scoreline was Cameroon. Les Lionnes U-17 finished the job against São Tomé and Príncipe with a routine 6-0 second-leg victory, with Brenda Tabe (2), Suzie Mbianji, Elise Ndome, Michaely Bihina and Larissa Luma all on target.

Nigeria also cruised through, beating Guinea 5-1 In Lagos to complete an 11-2 aggregate win. Toyin Lawal grabbed a double, with Imuran Rofiat, Alvine Dah-Zossu, Chinyere Kalu also finding the net for the on-song Flamingos.

  • The only tie not resolved was Morocco-Botswana, with the latter deciding not to travel due to Coronavirus concerns and no decision yet taken on how and when the fixture will be resolved
  • The winner there, along with the five teams already safely through, will now play off for Africa’s three India 2020 places between 1 and 17 May.

The World Cup will take place from 2-21 November 2020 in India.

CAF Qualifiers Second Round Fixtures:
South Africa  vs  Morocco/Botswana
Uganda vs Cameroon
Ghana vs Nigeria

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: South Africa will battle Morocco or Botswana in the last round of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. Photo: SAFA

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