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Cameroon safe their berth for France 2019

Cameroon qualify for second straight FIFA Ladies’s World Cup Friday’s Four-2 win over Mali secured their ticket to France 2019 Les Lionnes be par...

 
  • Cameroon qualify for second straight FIFA Ladies’s World Cup
  • Friday’s Four-2 win over Mali secured their ticket to France 2019
  • Les Lionnes be part of Nigeria and South Africa in claiming Africa’s three qualification locations

Cameroon claimed Africa’s third and remaining qualification place for the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup France 2019™ after incomes a Four-2 victory over Mali within the match for third place on the CAF Ladies’s Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2018 on Friday.

It was Cameroon that bought out to a two-goal benefit following a pair of targets from Ninon Abena. She gave Les Lionnes the lead simply after the half-hour mark earlier than registering her second of the match on 40 minutes.

Undeterred, Mali restored parity in Cape Coast. Fatoumata Diarra halved the deficit simply earlier than half-time, than an personal purpose by Cameroon’s Aurelle Awona drew Les Aiglonnes stage on 56 minutes.

That solely prompted Cameroon to re-claim the lead, with Gabrielle Onguene hanging residence the winner on 62 minutes. In second half stoppage time, Christine Manie scored a fourth purpose to make sure their ticket for France 2019.

This might be Cameroon’s second straight look at a Ladies’s World Cup, having debuted on this stage at Canada 2015. They be part of Nigeria and South Africa in claiming Africa’s three qualification spots for subsequent yr’s world finals.

On Saturday, Nigeria and South Africa will contest the ultimate of Ghana 2018 in Accra.

Teaching mentees making historical past for his or her nations

 

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018

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  • Inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme took place last month
  • Three coaches who took part have qualified for the U-17 Women’s World Cup semi-finals
  • FIFA.com speaks with Canada’s Rhian Wilkinson and Mexico’s Monica Vergara

Jill Ellis, Hope Powell and Asako Takakura will all be keeping a very close eye on Wednesday’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 semi-finals.

This may seem like an obvious thing to say about three accomplished and decorated women’s football coaches. However, this time around, there is added incentive for them. Just last month, they participated in the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, where they all became mentors for three young and aspiring coaches: Ellis for Monica Vergara, Powell for Rhian Wilkinson and Takakura for Gemma Lewis.

One month later and Mexico head coach Vergara, Canada head coach Wilkinson and New Zealand assistant coach Lewis have all led their countries to historic journeys by reaching the U-17 Women’s World Cup last four. For all three nations, this is their first trip to the semi-finals of the tournament.

“I’ve had messages throughout the tournament from Monica (Vergara) and also from Gemma (Lewis) and I’ve been supporting them and encouraging them, so of course, we’re invested in our own teams’ success, but to see people you care about succeeding as well is lovely,” Wilkinson, who won 180 caps for Canada, told FIFA.com. “I’ll be as competitive as the next person when it comes game time, but to know that she’s going through the same things I am, the process is very similar, it’s nice.”

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“I was a little skeptical at first (about the mentorship programme) because I didn’t understand how it would work when there’s a lot of overlap,” Wilkinson continued. “I thought it would be a bit cagey, but actually, the people that are willing and wanting to be involved are very giving of their time, knowledge and energy.”

Like Wilkinson, Vergara played for her country’s senior national team and featured in the Olympics. She has worked in various technical coaching roles within the Mexican federation and took over as head coach of the U-17 women’s national team in January 2018.

“It (mentorship) is what football represents,” Vergara said to FIFA.com. “It’s incredible all that the mentors share, how they opened their world and experiences, and it’s something that has helped me a lot before coming here to Uruguay.”

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Historic CONCACAF derby awaits
When Mexico and Canada face each other in the semi-finals at Uruguay 2018, it will be the first time that two CONCACAF teams have met at the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

“Her team is very similar to what she was like as a player: very passionate, very strong, never giving up on any ball,” Vergara said about Wilkinson, her upcoming opponent on the touchline. “It is the same thing I know about her as a coach: she is always cheering her team on, she is very passionate, seeing the positive side of things and getting the best out of her players.”

“She’s just a class human being,” Wilkinson said of Vergara. “I think the Mexico team reflects her in that they never give up. You saw that against Ghana, falling behind twice and coming back. They’re passionate about the game and, how she acts, you can see her players obviously love her and love playing for her.”

No matter the result on Wednesday, one thing is clear, the coaching fraternity in women’s football grows stronger by the day and there will be many who follow in their footsteps.

CONCACAF groups set their sights on France 2019

 
  • 2018 CONCACAF Ladies’s Championship begins this week
  • Three-time world champions USA seeking to defend regional title
  • Three-and-a-half qualifying spots to France 2019 up for grabs

USA’s journey to defending their FIFA Ladies’s World Cup™ title begins this week, because the Stars and Stripes play host to the 2018 CONCACAF Ladies’s Championship.

The three-time world champions wish to declare their spot for France 2019 from the tenth version of the regional championship. Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico are additionally aiming to return to ladies’s soccer’s showpiece occasion, having all appeared on the final world finals in 2015.

The event briefly:

When: four to 17 October 2018
The place: USA
Who: USA, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama (Group A); Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Cuba (Group B)
What’s at stake: Three-and-a-half locations at subsequent yr’s FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in France.
How: After round-robin motion within the two teams of 4 in Cary, North Carolina, and Edinburg, Texas, the highest two groups from every group will advance to the knockout stage of the competitors in Frisco, Texas. The winners of each semi-finals will attain the championship remaining and qualify for France 2019. The semi-final losers will contest the competitors’s third-place match, with the winner claiming CONCACAF’s third qualifying berth, whereas the fourth-placed facet will face Argentina from CONMEBOL in a play-off for a spot at subsequent yr’s Ladies’s World Cup.

The favourites
Two of ladies’s soccer’s well-known groups, Canada and USA are anticipated to contest for this yr’s CONCACAF title, having been the one two groups to raise the trophy on the earlier 9 events. As the present holders, the Stars and Stripes are aiming to be topped regional champions for an unprecedented eighth time.

USA coach Jill Ellis will likely be counting on expertise to advance from Group A, as her 20-player squad contains 11 gamers that led the facet to their third world title again in 2015. North American rivals Mexico will look to problem the People for the group’s prime spot, as they go seeking a third-straight international finals berth.

Hosts of the final Ladies’s World Cup, Canada will count on to prime Group B forward of Costa Rica, Cuba and Jamaica. Having taken over from John Herdman initially of the yr, coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller will deploy a facet that mixes proficient children with huge management expertise. Amongst these skilled gamers is Canada’s all-time main goalscorer Christine Sinclair.

Gamers to look at
Whereas this yr’s CONCACAF Ladies’s Championship could have a number of acquainted faces in motion, the competitors could supply a glimpse into a few of ladies’s soccer’s rising expertise. USA followers are positive to maintain a detailed eye on event debutants Hailie Mace and Mallory Pugh, whereas Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle will look to show her value on the senior stage after claiming the Purpose of the Event on the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup France 2018.

Jordyn Huitema might be a helpful attacking choice off the substitutes’ bench for Canada, with the teenage striker anticipated to characteristic subsequent month on the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. Costa Rica could have excessive hopes that midfielder Gloriana Villalobos might help the central People earn a second-straight world finals qualification, whereas Trinidad and Tobago will look to Norwegian-based ahead Kennya Cordner to efficiently lead the road for the Soca Princesses.

The stat
21 – USA’s present unbeaten streak, heading into the competitors. The world champions are additionally undefeated all-time on house soil in Ladies’s World Cup qualifying with 13 straight victories.

What they mentioned
“We respect all of our rivals, the three in our group are essential. Clearly, we all know that the USA has earned all of the deserves and are the world champions. We’re working to try to be at that stage and we won’t decrease our efforts till we are able to attain their stage and overcome them. Now we have the expertise for that.”
Mexico coach Roberto Medina

“I consider that with the 20 gamers that now we have assembled to symbolize Jamaica on this remaining spherical, we should always go on the market and put in a very good displaying. The women are keen and hungry for extra success and so they need to present and show that they’ll match up with the most effective on this planet.”
Jamaica assistant coach Andrew Worth