Victories at home during Saturday’s second leg matches of the second round of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 was enough for five teams to book their place at the final round.
Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda sealed their spots in style as the continental journey to India reaches the final lap.
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.
Brenda Tabe scored a brace before a goal each from Suzie Mbianji, Elise Ndome, Michaely Bihina and Larissa Luma sealed a place at the ultimate round for the Cameroonians.
Ghana’s Black Maidens completed a double over their Liberian counterparts with an 8-0 victory in Accra.
The Ghanaians had earlier won 2-0 in Monrovia. Forward Ophelia Amponsah scored for goals in the opening 14 minutes before Salamatu Abdulai and Elizabeth Oppong gave the Maidens a 6-0 lead at the break. Alice Sarpong and Tracy Twum found target in the second half to wrap up victory.
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.
Few minutes into the game, the hosts got the curtain raiser through Imuran Rofiat who fired home off a brilliant pass from Chinyere Kalu. Assists specialist Toyin Lawal finally come through with her brace of the evening in the 33rd and 40th minutes to give the Flamingos a comfortably 3-0 lead into recess.
In the second half, Alvine Dah-Zossu who came in as a second half substitute for Lawal scored Flamingos’ fourth goal of the evening before Kalu added her name to the score sheet on the dot of regulation time whilst Diallo Fatoumata Dede grabbed a consolation for the Guineans.
Elsewhere in Johannesburg, South Africa overturned a 2-0 loss from the first leg with a 3-0 win against neighbours Zambia to progress. Captian 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.
The final round of matches is scheduled for May with the three winners qualifying to represent Africa at the final tournament from 2-21 November 2020 in India.