Ghana and Nigeria will represent Africa at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled from 5-24 August in Canada.
The Ghanaians booked their place after beating Equatorial Guinea 4-3 on penalties on Sunday in Accra. The encounter ended 1-0 in favour of the Black Princesses in normal time but Grace Adams’ first half strike was only enough to keep the tie 1-1 on aggregate.
During penalties, Ghana converted four of their kicks against three by the visitors, to make it a hat-trick of appearances at the global youth women’s championship. The West Africans made their debut at the 2010 edition (in Germany) before staging yet another appearance two years later (in Japan).
The feat affirmed Ghana’s dominance over their Equatoguinean counterparts after pipping them to the ticket for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica last year.
Earlier, Nigeria were the first to qualify after beating South Africa by a lone goal in Johannesburg.
Striker Adeboyejo Yetunde scored the only goal of the match in the first half to power Falconets to a double and book their ticket for the global championship courtesy a 7-0 aggregate win.
With a 6-0 win from the first leg, the Falconets confirmed their superiority over the Basetsana by silencing them at their backyard to maintain their impressive record of being the only African team to have qualified for every edition of the global youth women’s championship since its inception in 2002.
25/01/2014 South Africa 0-1 Nigeria (0-6)
*Nigeria qualify 7-0 on aggregate
26/01/2014 Ghana 1-0 Equatorial Guinea (0-1)
*Ghana qualify 4-3 on penalties