Sunday, February 5, 2012

FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup Qualifiers

Ghana vs Cameroon
Ghana advance in the qualifying for the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup after completing back-to-back wins over Cameroon.

The Black Maidens beat their opponents 4-0 on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium to finish 5-0 winners on aggregate, having won the first leg 1-0 in Yaounde.

Beatrice Sesu, Ellen Coleman, Mary Essilful and Jane Ayieyam scored all four goals for Ghana in the one-sided game.

After the 15th minute, Sesu had put Ghana in front when she finished off a great move to end the first half 1-nil.

Back from recess, coach Masaud Didi Dramani made his first change with the introduction of Essilful and the substitute soon responded when she fired in a low grounder to double Ghana's lead.

Ayieyam scored the third goal before Okyere completed the rout with seven minutes of play remaining.

Ghana are pushing for one the three slots available to the continent for the World Cup in Azerbaijan later in September 2012 and that remains the Black Maidens' ultimate aim.

Qualification to the World Cup would make it a third successive appearance for Ghana on the world stage.

Nigeria vs Kenya

Nigeria U-17 women team, the Flamingoes will confront their Zambian counterparts in the final round of the qualifiers for this year’s FIFA U-17 Women World Cup billed for Azerbaijan later in the year.
To get to this stage, the Peter Dedevbo-tutored side on Saturday at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State, defeated their Kenyan counterparts 3-0 after beating them 2-0 in the first leg in Kenya a fortnight ago.
Biahwo Kesiena, Adeboyejo Yetunde Oluwatosin and Ayinde Halima Ibrahim got the goals for the Nigerian side in Abeokuta.
The Zambians beat Botswana by 2-0 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia on Sunday. The win saw the junior Chipolopolo girls clobbering Botswana 7-1 on aggregate after winning their away leg 5-1 in Blantyre.
Zambia will be at home against Nigeria in the first leg on 10 March 10, while the second leg will be played in Nigeria two weeks later.
Head coach of the Flamingoes, Peter Dedevbo, expressed happiness over his girls’ victory, saying that the team lived up to their pre-match expectations.
He said they will prepare very well against Zambia.
In his words: “I am happy that we won. I commend the players for doing the nation proud. We have to go back and prepare for our next game. Zambia are a tough team and we are not going to underrate them.
“I know they are a good side, but we have our own game plan too. Our dream is to pick the World Cup ticket,” he said.

By Bamidele Olowosagba

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