At the back of heart-warming first leg away wins, the experienced trio of Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana have inched closer towards the final round of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020.
The trio go into this weekend’s reverse ties confident of finishing on a high in front of their home fans.
Starting with Cameroon, who a fortnight ago earned a vital away win firing four goals past a hapless Sao Tome & Principe at the at the Estádio Nacional 12 July in Sao Tome with a brace from Diane Wabeua while Brenda Tabe and Ngo Nka’a Michelle were other goal scorers.
Les Lionnes U-17 continued with their renaissance under coach Stephane Ndzana and are now eyeing a second successive appearance at the global cadet championship after the last edition in 2018 in Uruguay, and they would press for another win at home in Yaounde on Saturday.
Ditto for the Black Maidens of Ghana when they take on Liberia following their 2-0 away win two weeks ago courtesy of two second half goals from Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah and Salamatu Abdulai at the Antoinette Tubman Sports Stadium in Monrovia.
With the singular honour as the only African team to have appeared at every edition of the global women’s cadet championship since its inception in 2008, the Maidens according to coach Baba Nuhu remain favourites to progress.
“Ghana are customers at the U-17 level,” explained Nuhu after the win in Monrovia.
“Our team was technically and tactically better than our opponents but that is not to downplay the technical team of Liberia; but anybody watching saw that we were ahead of the Liberians.”
But there should be little worries for the Flamingos of Nigeria when they take on their counterparts from Guinea at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, also on Saturday.
Last weekend in Conakry, the Nigerians put up a gutsy display in a 6-1 away win courtesy goals by striker Chinyere Kalu as well as a remarkable hat-trick from Yemisi Samuel and a brace by Rofiat Imuran.
Under coach Bankole Olowookere, the Flamingos are desirous to overcome the team’s absence at the last edition in Uruguay after they were denied one of the continental’s three tickets by Cameroon.
In the meantime, it is South Africa’s Bantwana that are now in danger of missing out after their 2-0 first leg away loss to Zambia in Lusaka two weeks ago. The reverse fixture to be played at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday will therefore be a Titanic battle between the two southern African sides.
Elsewhere in Kampala, Uganda will be at home to regional rivals Tanzania with a place at the last hurdle at stake. Tanzania won 2-1 in the reverse in Dar-es-Salaam.
14.03.2020 Johannesburg South Africa vs Zambia (0-2)
14.03.2020 Kampala Uganda vs Tanzania (1-2)
14.03.2020 Yaounde Cameroon vs Sao Tome e Principe (4-0)
14.03.2020 Accra Ghana vs Liberia (2-0)
14.03.2020 Lagos Nigeria vs Guinea (6-1)
Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)