After a qualification process that involved 17 teams in Africa, Ghana and Nigeria came out on top to return to the global finals which will take place in France from 5-24 August.
Ghana and Nigeria are perennial qualifiers from Africa but Congo DR are the only other African team ever to have graced the U-20 Women’s World Cup, a feat they achieved in 2006 and 2008.
Ghana returns to the Tournament
Ghana’s Black Princesses qualified to the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup after beating Cameroon 3-0 (4-1 aggregate) in the final qualifying match played at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday.
Ernestina Abambila, Priscilla Adubea and Sandra Owusu Ansah got the goals for the Princesses. Abambila shot Ghana into the lead in the 18th minute with a long drive from the edge of the box before Priscilla Adubea then doubled the lead for the Black Princesses after latching on to a pass.
Former Black Maidens captain Sandra Owusu Ansah who came into the game as a substitute got a late goal to put the game beyond the reach of the Cameroonians.
With the win, Ghana now qualifies to the FIFA U20 World Cup which will be staged in France from August 5-24.
Ghana starting XI against Cameroon.
Martha Annan, Justice Tweneboaa, Gladys Amfobea, Blessing Agbomadzie, Philicity Asuako, Ernestina Abambila, Helena Obeng, Grace Acheampong, Priscilla Adubea, Grance Asantewaa, Ruth Anima.
Nigeria Thrash South Africa
Elsewhere,Nigeria’s Falconets beatSouth Africa will to Ghana for the World Cup once again after the two sides represented the African continent in New Zealand two years ago.
Nigeria were dominant and impressive over the two legs against South Africa, winning 8-0 on aggregate to book their place at France 2018. Only four teams have qualified for every edition of the U-20 Women’s World Cup: Brazil, Germany, Nigeria and USA.