Ghana and Nigeria will represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan later this year, marking the third successive time each side have progressed through to the tournament.
Ghana beat South Africa 5-1 to pick up the first qualifying ticket to Azerbaijan 2012 on Friday. Black Maidens and Bantwanas played out a goalless draw in Daveyton two weeks ago. However, Alberta Yao’s hat-trick and a brace in the second half from captain Priscilla Okyere were enough to undo the Mosili Makhoali's opener.
Then, all eyes toward Nigeria as they booked their place at the global showpiece against Zambia. The Flamingoes hammered Zambia 5-0 in the second leg of their final round, after claiming a hard-fought 2-1 two weeks ago in Lusaka. Patience Okaeme and Halimat Ayinde, who both scored in the first leg, again found the target in the first half of the second leg. Chidinma Edeji then hit a brace, while Mabel Effiom Michael completed the rout.
“The scoreline is okay and that showed the better of both sides. We’re going to the [FIFA Women's] World Cup to do Nigeria and Africa proud,” said Nigeria coach Peter Dedevbo.
The last qualifying slot from the continent will be decided after the tie between Tunisia and Gambia next weekend. Gambia secured a slim 1-0 advantage over Tunisia in the first leg.