Saturday 27 January 2018, 17:38

Ghana, Nigeria return to global finals

  • Ghana and Nigeria qualify for FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

  • 17 teams participated in Africa's qualifiers

  • Nigeria defeated South Africa 8-0 on aggregate, Ghana defeated Cameroon 4-1 on aggregate

Ghana and Nigeria booked Africa's two tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 with wins over Cameroon and South Africa.

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 the region. 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.

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.

Ghana managed a 1-1 draw in Yaounde in the first leg against Cameroon and used that as momentum to produce a 3-0 win in the home leg and a 4-1 win on aggregate. Ghana will feature in their fifth consecutive U-20 Women's World Cup at France 2018.