Ghana and Nigeria make it 5 in a row

  • Ghana and Nigeria have certified for the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup France 2018
  • Fifth time in a row that the 2 nations have reached the world finals within the age group
  • Each recorded 5 wins and a attract qualifying, scoring over 20 targets every and conceding solely two apiece

Nigeria and Ghana have continued their behavior of qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup by reserving their locations at France 2018. The 2 African heavyweights can be participating on the planet finals within the age group for the fifth time in a row.

In negotiating all of the obstacles of their paths, the Tremendous Falconets and Black Princesses every racked up 5 wins and a draw of their six qualifiers, which started in August 2017. Additionally they conceded simply two targets apiece, with the Ghanaians ending the competitors as the best scorers with 24 targets, another than the Nigerians.

The Ghanaians made a robust begin, beating Algeria 10-Zero on mixture earlier than defeating Kenya 10-1 within the subsequent spherical. Within the third and last spherical, Yussif Basigi’s costs took on Cameroon, taking part in out a 1-1 draw within the first leg earlier than overcoming the Junior Lionesses Three-Zero within the Cape Coast return to safe their place in France.

Nigeria additionally cruised via the primary spherical, beating Tanzania 9-Zero over two legs. Morocco proved a harder nut to crack within the second spherical, nevertheless, with the Atlas Lionesses holding the Tremendous Falconets to a draw within the first leg earlier than taking place 5-1 within the second. South Africa supplied the ultimate hurdle to France 2018, one the Nigerians cleared with ease because of 2-Zero and 6-Zero victories.

“I feel we carried out effectively in qualifying for France 2018,” stated Nigeria coach Christopher Danjuma afterwards. “All of the groups we confronted made life troublesome for us, and each match ready us for the following one. The harder the opposition, the harder our preparations. We had respect for South Africa, however the Nigerian folks all obtained behind us to present us the power to beat them, simply as they did proper from the beginning of the qualifiers. We put lots of effort into qualifying. We labored onerous and it paid off.”

Rising stars
Ghana and Nigeria every had a prolific striker to fireside them on their solution to France 2018. Nigeria’s standout performer up entrance was Rasheeddat Ajibade, the main scorer and most useful participant within the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup Jordan 2016. Reprising these exploits, Ajibade scored in all six matches, racking up ten targets within the course of.

That determine was matched by Black Princesses captain Princella Adubea, regardless of her lacking her aspect’s opening 5-Zero defeat of Algeria. She made up for misplaced time by serving to herself to 4 targets within the return match towards Kenya and ultimately joined Ajibade in double figures.

Although neither participant managed to seek out the again of the web in Jordan two years in the past, judging by their efforts within the qualifiers, they don’t seem to be planning on going goalless in France this summer season.

The stat 
four – the variety of groups who’ve appeared at each FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup. Nigeria belong to this very choose membership, which additionally contains Brazil, Germany and USA.

Do you know?
To make sure their gamers had all of the help they wanted for the second leg of their third and last tie, towards Cameroon in Cape Coast on 27 January, the Ghanaian Soccer Affiliation gave the followers free admission to the stadium. Ghana’s First Woman Rebecca Akufo-Addo was additionally available to deal with the Black Princesses, who repaid the nation for its help with an emphatic win.

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