Sunday 06 February 2022, 11:00

Costa Rica in sight for Africa’s final four

  • Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria triumph in Costa Rica 2022 qualifying

  • Two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup places on offer for the continent

  • Knockout ties next month will decide who claims those tickets

Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria are now just one match away from reaching the FIFA U-20 World Cup Costa Rica 2022™ after triumphing in the penultimate stage of African qualifying.

The quartet emerged victorious from the fourth round of the 2022 African U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament, prevailing in the second legs of their ties against Tanzania, Uganda, Morocco and Cameroon respectively.

Fourth round results

Ethiopia 2–0 (2-1 agg) Tanzania Ghana 5–0 (7-1 agg) Uganda Senegal 1-1 (2-2 agg, 5-4 PSO) Morocco Nigeria 3-0 (3-0 agg) Cameroon

The fifth and final round will take place next month, with two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup spots on offer. Those will be decided by knockout ties played over two legs, the first of which will take place between 10 and 12 March, with the second following a fortnight later.

Nigeria are aiming to maintain their perfect record of having qualified for every FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to date, while Ghana are also regulars, having reached each of the last five. Ethiopia and Senegal, on the other hand, are targeting a first-ever appearance at this global showpiece.

Fifth round fixtures

  • Ethiopia-Ghana

  • Senegal-Nigeria