Sextet clear first hurdle in Africa’s India 2021 qualifiers

  • FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying begins in Africa

  • Big wins for the likes of Morocco, Liberia and Botswana

  • Continent’s powerhouses await in next round

Botswana, Guinea, Liberia, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda have all emerged triumphant from the preliminary round of CAF qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2021™.

There were some convincing performances from the sextet, with Morocco putting 14 unanswered goals past Djibouti over two legs and Botswana, Guinea and Liberia scoring seven, eight and nine respectively.

Along with São Tomé and Príncipe and Zambia, who profited from the withdrawals of Congo DR and Namibia, these victorious sides will now advance to the first round proper, where Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa – the traditional giants of the African women’s game – enter the fray.

The winners of those six ties will then progress to a third and final stage, where the same two-legged, home-and-away format will be used to determine Africa's three representatives at India 2021.

Preliminary round results

Aggregate: Botswana 7-0 Zimbabwe 10.01: Botswana 5-0 Zimbabwe 26.01: Zimbabwe 0-2 Botswana

Agg: Guinea 8-3 Guinea Bissau 11.01: Guinea 5 -0 Guinea Bissau 25.01: Guinea Bissau 3-3 Guinea

Agg: Liberia 9-0 Niger 12.01: Liberia 4-0 Niger 26.01: Niger 0-5 Liberia

Agg: Morocco 14-0 Djibouti 10.01: Djibouti 0-7 Morocco 24.01: Morocco 7-0 Djibouti

Agg: Tanzania 6-1 Burundi 12.01: Tanzania 5-1 Burundi 25.01: Burundi 0-1 Tanzania

Agg: Uganda 5-1 Ethiopia 11.01: Uganda 2-0 Ethiopia 26.01: Ethiopia 1-3 Uganda

First round fixtures

Zambia-South Africa Botswana-Morocco Tanzania-Uganda São Tomé and Príncipe-Cameroon Liberia-Ghana Guinea-Nigeria