Africa Women Cup of Nations: Line-up complete for Cameroon

first_imgKenya have qualified for the Africa Women Cup of Nations for the first time ever as Nigeria also advance to defend their title in Cameroon.Equatorial Guinea, the only other team to win the women’s continental title, will also be at the finals in November pending an investigation by the Confederation of African Football.Having already qualified for the Rio Olympics in August both South Africa and Zimbabwe also reached the continental finals.Ghana and Egypt join Cameroon as hosts in the eight-team finals.Kenya reached the finals by beating Algeria on the away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw over two legs.Teams qualified for the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations:Cameroon (hosts), Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South AfricaThe sides drew 1-1 in Nairobi on Tuesday, having drawn in Algiers 2-2 last week, and Kenya go through having scored twice away from home. The result had seemed to be going Algeria’s way when they took the lead on 21 minutes from Naima Bouheni – just after Kenya had a goal disallowed for offside.But Kenya levelled in the second-leg tie in the 79th minute through Cherish Avilla to qualify for a continental finals for the first time.Reigning champions Nigeria will defend their title in Cameroon after beating Senegal 2-0 in the second leg of their qualifier on Tuesday for a 3-1 win on aggregate.The Super Falcons missed a chance to take the lead on the half-hour when Arsenal player Asisat Oshoala hit the bar with a penalty kick.Bit six minutes later Rita Chikwelu broke the deadlock and almost immediately after the break Osaremona Igbinovia doubled the lead. Senegal’s misery was compounded when their coach was shown a red card on 50 minutes.South Africa completed a 5-0 aggregate win over neighbours Botswana with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.Banyana Banyana scored their first goal in the 18th minute as Mamello Makhabane scored from the penalty spot.Sanah Mollo and then a vicious shot from Nompumelelo Nyandeni’s made it 3-0 before half-time.There was also a convincing 4-0 second leg win for Ghana over visiting Tunisia to make it 6-1 overall. Samira Suleman and Portia Boakye both scored before half-time.The rout was completed with goals from Priscilla Adobea and a second from Suleman after the break.On Monday, Egypt booked their place by beating Ivory Coast, going though on away goals.Ivory Coast won the second leg of their tie 2-1 in Abidjan to make the score 2-2 on aggregate.Rebecca Elloh and Tia Ines scored for the Ivorians , who played at the World Cup in Canada last year, before half-time to give the hosts an overall lead. But a goal in the 86th minute from Nevein Gamal made the score 2-2 overall and Egypt progressed on the away goals rule.Zimbabwe were the first team to qualify for the finals with a 4-2 overall win over Zambia on Sunday.The second leg of the final round tie finished 3-2 to visiting Zimbabwe after Zambia had twice came from behind.Kudakwashe Basopo, who scored the only goal of the first leg in Harare, gave Zimbabwe the perfect start with an away goal after just six minutes. Zambia drew level midway through the first half through Noria Sosala but Samkelisiwe Zulu restored the lead for Zimbabwe 10 minutes before the break.Misozi Zulu matched her namesake when she scored from the penalty sport for Zambia to make it 2-2 but Zimbabwe’s Emmaculate Msipa scored a winner with just a minute left to play.It means Zimbabwe’s women have two major tournaments this year after they qualified for the Olympics in Rio.It is the fourth time Zimbabwe have qualified for the continental finals for women, their best showing was fourth place in 2000.Also on Sunday, Equatorial Guinea, who are the only nations apart from Nigeria to have won the African title, booked their place in the finals with a 2-1 win over Mali in Malabo. The result took them through 3-2 on aggregate, however the Confederation of African Football say they are now investigating whether Equatorial Guinea used any ineligible players in the matches.It follows their disqualification from the qualifiers for the women’s football tournament at the Olympics in 2020 after Fifa found them guilty of using ineligible players in the qualifying ties for this year’s Games in Rio – that they failed to reach.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Ballaz want biennial exhibition match

first_imgAndre Virtue, managing director of Ballaz International and organiser of the Brazilian All-Stars and Jamaica All Stars exhibition game which was played at the National stadium on Friday, is looking at the prospect of hosting one of these exhibition games at least every two years.Virtue said organising the event was a major challenge and at one stage, he thought it would be a total flop because of the late announcement. However, he said that he is committed to the development of Jamaica’s football, especially at the grass roots and believes the country need more inspirational projects like this to motivate its youngsters and aid development.”We spoke about bringing the Brazilians here for a while and you have to start somewhere, so we did this one. The fact that we were able to bring people like Rivaldo, Dunga, Edmilson, who are world greats was just fabulous. The country needs more things like this, and maybe every two years we’ll do something like this,” he said.”It was extremely hard, very challenging, and without corporate support, it wouldn’t be possible. But we don’t do these things for the money. We are really committed to football development and bringing people together,” he continued.SHORT WINDOW”It was a very short window for us to pull it off and we reached out to corporate Jamaica, and most of the responses were in bad timing, so I was not sure that we could pull it off.”But we have to do things like this to develop our football, and corporate Jamaica needs to get more involved in development projects like this. So I implore corporate Jamaica to get more involved in projects like this and we will take it from there,” Virtue said.last_img read more

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