Fal­conets to play South Africa

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

The U-20 Women Na­tional Team, Fal­conets, are up against fa­mil­iar foes, Basetsana of South Africa in the African fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing round for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup fi­nals.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons earned pas­sage world vice

Nige­ria into the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing round on Satur­day af­ter a 2-0 de­feat of their coun­ter­parts from Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo in Abuja, for a 4-1 ag­gre­gate win.

On their part, South Africa’s Basetsana had a close call as they man­aged to edge the Zam­bia U-20 girls 3-2 in the re­turn leg in South Africa, fol­low­ing a 0-0 draw by both teams in Zam­bia.

For­ward Linda Motl­halo scored twice and Mosili Makhoali got the other goal for Basetsana at the Makhu­long Sta­dium in Tem­bisa.

Nige­ria will host the first leg at the Na­tional Sta­dium, Abuja on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 24, with the re­turn leg in Johannesburg two weeks later. The win­ner qual­i­fies for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, to be staged in Pa­pua New Guinea.

Africa’s sec­ond rep­re­sen­ta­tive will emerge from the other end of the qual­i­fy­ing ta­ble, with Ghana and Ethiopia look­ing good to make the fi­nal round. The Black Princesses won 1-0 away to Equa­to­rial Guinea be­fore Sun­day’s re­turn leg in Ku­masi, and Ethiopia won 2-0 away to Burk­ina Faso ahead of their re­turn leg in Ad­dis Ababa next week­end af­ter po­lit­i­cal ten­sion in the West African na­tion de­layed their fix­ture.

PHOTO Macjohn Akande

Onye­buchi Ihuoma Good­ness of Nige­ria be­ing chal­lenged by Feza Ndaya Farida of RDC Congo dur­ing the FIFA U - 20 Women’s World Cup qual­i­fier at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Abuja on Satur­day.

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