Tuesday, April 19, 2011

African Women's Olympic Games Qualifiers- News

South Africa's Banyana Banyana
The current African champions,Nigeria's Super Falcons will battle Equatorial Guinea for an Olympic games slot in an encore of the 2010 AWC whiles South Africa will have to go through  Ethiopia, who snuffed out the Olympic dream of the highly fancied Ghana. Ethiopia with a 1-0 win at home  in Addis Ababa and a 2-1 loss in Accra,Ghana scaled through on an away goals rule.

With a slight change in the format of the final stage of the qualifiers after discussions between FIFA and CAF,the winners of both matches will represent the continent at the London 2012 Olympic games. The Chairperson of South African Women's Football,Nomsa Malangu revealed that the change in format was necessitated by the congested continental fixture. Initially FIFA had planned a last four mini-league points system for the semifinals which would have been played on a home and away basis with the top two qualifying for London.“A decision was taken to change the format due to the fact that instead of grouping the last four teams,” explained Mahlangu. “It was decided that instead of playing a further six games with this format, it would be better to play at least two matches and let the winner qualify.
Ethiopia's Dinkinesh "Lucy"

“This was because teams are engaged in qualifications for both the London Olympics and Maputo All Africa Games. The reduction of the games will also help cut the traveling and hosting costs and everybody accepted this new format,” she added.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria will engage the Nzalang Feminin of Equatorial Guinea on August 26th,2011 with South Africa's Bafana Bafana suiting up against Ethiopia's Lucy on the same date. The second leg matches are scheduled for the weekend of  September 11th in Malabo,Equatorial Guinea.

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