Nigeria, Ghana claim U-20 slots
Nigeria and Ghana will do battle for Africa in Germany later this year after the Falconets and Black Princesses won their respective semi-finals in the CAF Women's U-20 Championship.
Ghana became the continent's first team to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after a 3-0 win over Congo DR on Friday in Accra. The victory in the second leg encounter of the final round of the qualifying series ensured the Princesses outpaced their opponents 5-0 on aggregate to claim one of the two spots allotted the continent.
It will be the first time the Ghanaian female youngsters will appear at at the biennial championship since the competition began in 2002. The Ghanaians were just too much for the Lady Leopards and outclassed their guests in every aspect of the match. Midfield duo Faizer Ibrahim and Elizabeth Cudjoe powered the Princesses into a two-goal lead in the first half before Florence Dadson sealed the win with a fine strike.
While Ghana are newcomers to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, Nigeria - who qualified the following day - are veritable veterans. The Falconets, in fact, have the enviable record of being the only African team to have participated in all five editions so far, and they continued that record with a thumping aggregate win over South Africa.
Already 5-3 up from the first leg, Nigeria sealed their place with a sensational 7-0 triumph in which Ebere Orji, Glory Oroka, Gloria Ofoegbu, Ugochi Oparanozie and Sunday Uchechi were all on target.
The world finals will be held in Germany from 13 July to 1 August, 2010.