Ghana’s ‘Princesses’ won away against the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on Friday to take a 2-0 aggregate lead while Nigeria scored five on the road in South Africa on Saturday to set themselves up for a fifth successive tournament appearance.
Nigeria came from behind twice - at 1-0 and 3-2 - to beat their hosts 5-3 and are now well-placed for the return leg in Abuja in less than a fortnight’s time. Ebere Ngozi got two goals for Nigeria’s Falconets, who were behind as early as the seventh minute to the Basetsana but snatched their win late in the game through goals from Ngozi and Sunday Uchechi.
Ghana’s win came from goals from goals by Florence Dadson and Faiza Ibrahim on either side of the half-time interval in the Congolese capital.
Nigeria and Congo DR were Africa’s representatives at the last two tournaments in Chile in 2008 and Russia in 2006. Before that, in 2004 and 2002, Nigeria were the only African side at the tournament.