CAF reveals procedure for Namibia 2014 AWC draw

African Women Championship

African Women Championship

The draw for the 9th African Women’s Championship – Namibia 2014 will take place on Saturday, 19 July 2014 in Windhoek.

The qualified teams are Namibia (Hosts), Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

Below is the procedure for the draw;  

A1 is the host country: NAMIBIA

B1shall comprise of the cup holder, Equatorial Guinea, who did not qualify for the Final Tournament) or the team having obtained the best ranking in the previous tournament:SOUTH AFRICA

The 6 remaining teams (ALGERIA, CAMEROON, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, GHANA, NIGERIA AND ZAMBIA) are all seeded in the 2nd level in one bowl containing 6 balls.

The ball drawn 1st will be in Group A and a draw will be done to determine its position(A2, A3, A4) from the second bowl.

The ball drawn 2nd will be in Group B and a draw will be done to determine its position(B2, B3, B4) from the third bowl.

A1……………………………………. Namibia
……………………………………. South Africa

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Côte d’Ivoire







FIFA slaps indefinite ban on Nigeria overdue government interference

Nigeria banned

Nigeria banned

 FIFA has suspended Nigeria indefinitely after government interference in the running of football in the country.

The country will not be entitled to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (5-24 August 2014) should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July 2014.

Nigeria will also forfeit an U17 African qualifier in DR Congo slated for July 20 if the ban is not lifted.

In a press statement on the FIFA website, the FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference. Article 13, par. 1 and article 17, par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.

The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing.

The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes.

Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on 26 August 2014.

The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.

As a result of this decision, no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact (art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes).

During the period of suspension, the NFF may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches.

In addition, neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any FIFA or CAF development programmes, courses or training during the suspension period.


South Africa to host Ghana in friendly match ahead of AWC qualifiers

Bayana will host the Black Queens of Ghana in a friendly

Bayana will host the Black Queens of Ghana in a friendly

Banyana Banyana are  preparing for a friendly match against the Black Queens of Ghana  scheduled for next Sunday at the Dobsonville Stadium in South Africa.

This match will come at a time that the team are preparing for the African Women’s Championship qualifier against Comoros scheduled for the end of this month.

The Ghana friendly will be coach Vera Pauw’s second match in charge after her first game in charge against Zimbabwe at the same venue last month ended in a 2-2 draw.

“It is an honour to be playing a power house in Africa like Ghana. We are making good progress since we last played Zimbabwe,” Pauw said.

“I am happy with the direction women football is taking in this country and would like to thank both the sponsors Sasol and Safa for affirming women soccer.”

Pauw will name her final squad to play Ghana on Tuesday.


Nigeria coach Nikyu backs Flamingoes to beat Spain in FIFA U-17 Women World Cup quarter-finals stage

Coach of Nigeria's U-17 coach Bala Nkiyu

Coach of Nigeria’s U-17 coach Bala Nkiyu

Coach of the Flamingoes of Nigeria, Bala Nikyu,  is optimistic  of his team’s chances of qualifying for the last four of the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The Nigerian girls face Spain in the quarter-finals, after impressive displays which saw them advance from the group stage with a 100% record.

Nikyu expects a tough game against the Spaniards, who beat Paraguay 7-1 in their last game, but remained confident that his girls have what it takes to progress.

“We would ensure that we win this game within the allotted time and we are looking at the possibility of not allowing the game to be dragged into a penalty shootout,” he said.

“I agree that Spain has been making progress since they started but they won’t progress (beyond the quarterfinal) at the expense of Nigeria on Friday.”

Spain coach Jorge Vilda, is banking on his side’s impressive attacking line-up to trouble Nigeria, but admitted that they still need to work on their finishing.

“This team goes from strength to strength. It’s always the same for us at major tournaments; as the games go by, the team gets better and better. Our last two results have shown our attacking potential,” Vilda said.

“But there are still aspects of our play that we need to improve, such as nervous starts and little uncharacteristic lapses. We still have work to do.”

Nigeria is seeking its first ever semi-final appearance, while Spain will be hoping to surpass their third-place finish at Trinidad and Tobago in 2010. The game takes place at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano on Friday (3am Nigerian time).


Black Maidens, Flamingoes keep African hopes alive in FIFA U-17 tournament in Costa Rica

Ghana's female U-17 team

Ghana’s female U-17 team

Ghana and Nigeria are keeping Africa’s hopes alive at  U17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica after the other representative of the continent, Zambia were knocked out in the group stage.

The two teams are through to the quarterfinals of the competition and they both face stiff European competition.

Ghana had been impressive until their last match were they fizzled to a desperate 10-man Canada, falling 2-1 after they had pummeled everyone in their group including the much-fancied Germans.

The Black Maidens now face the Italians in Match 26 in San Jose on Thursday and the Ghanaians will have to find their speed again of they have any hopes of beating the pacy Italians.

The Nigerians, on the other hand picked the right time to find their form, putting out Colombia and China, the Nigerians were on fire against the solid, co-Group D favourites Mexico.

They are yet to be beaten, and after dismantling the team from North America 3-0 are set to face Spain in Match 28 ironically in the city with another West African connotation – called Liberia.

Nigeria are just as fast as Ghana but are also slick up the middle and in the air, where Kanu has been deadly with her headers and is living up to her famous namesake Nwankwo Kanu.

Both teams certainly have the potential to progress to an all-African semifinal on the 31 March.


Ghana, Nigeria making Africa proud in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup


FIFA U-17 tournament in Costa Rica

FIFA U-17 tournament in Costa Rica

Ghana and Nigerian are set to advance into the second stage of the ongoing 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The two sides have both their  group matches leaving them well placed to advance past the first stage of the prestigious competition.
Ghana won its first match against Korea by a 2-0 margin before handing Germany a 1-0 defeat in their Group ‘B’ matches played over the week.
Nigeria also started on a high beating Republic of China 2-1 in the opener before seeing off Colombia by a similar margin in the second Group ‘D’ match.
Matters were however not as rosy for their CAF counterparts Zambia who lost both of their opening Group ‘A’ matches first against Italy [2-0] and later a 4-0 thrashing by Venezuela.
Ghana faces Canada, Nigeria will face Mexico while Zambia will face Costa Rica in their final league matches this week.

NFF Boss Maigari attributes Flamingoes performance in FIFA U-17 World Cup to adequate preparations

NFF boss Aminu Maigari

NFF boss Aminu Maigari

President of the Nigeria Football Federation Aminu Maigari has attributed the impressive performance  of the Flamingoes of Nigeria at the FIFA under 17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica to the preparations the team had prior to the tournament.

The Flamingoes were camped in Faro,Portugal before they departed for the North American continent for the World Cup.

Nigeria in their first game at the tournament stunned powerhouses,China winning 2-1 to get their first win in the competition and last night equally beat Colombia by the same margin to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament.

”We’ve given them very befitting friendly international which i believe they did very well, they played boys and girls in Faro Portugal so it’s as good as given them all sort of required friendly matches,” Maigari told a Nigeria based radio station.

He further added that they will get better as they progress in the tournament:”I believe they will keep improving, if you go by their status they are just young and fresh players and for them to play at the world cup, i believe they will keep improving” he added.

Nigeria and Mexico have both qualified for the last eight but would face each other in the last group game,to ascertain who will top the group.


Preview: Ghana turns attention to crucial Germany test in FIFA U-17 group stage

Coach Evans Adotey and his side

Coach Evans Adotey and his side

After their impressive start in the  group stage of the FIFA U-17, Ghana coach Evans Adotey has stated that his team has now turned its focus to Germany.

A win in  the next game will grant Ghana, who beat Korea DPR 2-0 in the first match, passage to the next round in Costa Rica but the fixture on Tuesday represents a major task for the Black Maidens.

The Germans showed their worth after rallying back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Canada. But Adotey does foresee the game defining who qualifies from Group B.

“Not really,” Adotey said. “Except a win on Tuesday against Germany to ensure that I have qualified because I need only three points to qualify to the next stage.”

At the last World Cup, both teams met in the group stage which the Germans won but in the match for third place, Ghana triumphed to win bronze.

Adotey says it’s a changed side from the one the Black Maidens faced in Azerbaijan two years ago.

“Looking at Germany as compared to the previous edition, this time I saw an all-round new team. Looking at how they played [2-2 draw with Canada], they were down 2-0 but came all the way after 60 minutes to end the game 2-2.”

Though a new side, the striking fightback exhibited by the Germans on Saturday has given the Ghana coach an insight about his next opponents.

“This is an indication that we have to be careful. I am preparing to make sure that Ghana go around Germany.

“I am not worried but it’s good for a coach to always get ready or stand on his or her feet. My first game plan is to keep a clean sheet. If I don’t score, they don’t score.

“Coming all the way to redeem the two goals conceded in the first half, I would take a look at them. I would not rush into goal scoring. My objective is to win this particular game,” the Black Maidens coach said.


Ghana’s Black Maidens begin FIFA U-17 tournament with win over Korea

Ghana beat Korea in their first match

Ghana beat Korea in their first match

Ghana got off their U-17 World Cup campaign off to a winning start as the Black Maidens defeated Korea DPR 2-0 in the Group B opener on Saturday in Costa Rica.

A Jane Ayieyam first half goal and a second after the break by Sandra Owusu-Ansah sealed victory in Liberia as Augustine Adotey’s side jump to the summit of the four-team table.

It was a perfect start for Adotey, whose team return to action on Tuesday against Germany at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Stadium.

Ghana, bronze medalist at the last competition started off strongly against the 2012 runners-up but could not find the net as their best effort in the early minutes was a cross by Lily Niber-Lawrence that flew across the face of goal with no one to tap in.

The Koreans also stringed a couple of passes and showed Ghana how dangerous they could be on the ball.

However, Ayieyam put Ghana in front when she she controlled a ball in the box and slipped it under the diving arms of Korea’s goalkeeper Kim Myong Sun in the 17th minute.

Korea caused Ghana some problems when Berlinda Anane cleared off the line with Azume Adams beaten. Ghana held onto their slim lead to end the half 1-nil up.

Both sides returned from the break and it was the Koreans who pushed for the equaliser.

But eight minutes into the restart, Ghana doubled their lead when Owusu-Ansah took advantage of a defender ‘s indecision to round the goalkeeper and plant the ball into the empty goal.

The Ghana bench made two changes, bringing on Princella Adubea and Vinoria Kuzagbe for Owusu-Ansah and Laadi Issaka.

Two-nil up and the Black Maidens kept it tight though Korea still threatened as they missed two glaring chances that could have changed the game.


South Africa keen on hosting 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

South Africa Football Association

South Africa Football Association

South Africa  has already won the right to host the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup, the first time a major women’s world championship will be hosted on the African continent,  and are now interested in hosting the senior event as well.

Despite interest from other countries such as Japan, SAFA boss Danny Jordaan insists the country’s track record as hosts of major events would stand its bid in good stead.

Dutch coach Vera Pauw has been recently appointed to take charge of the South Africa’s female national team, Bayana Bayana, and has been tasked to qualify the side to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Africa has three slots for the World Cup and this will be decided at the African Women Championship scheduled for Namibia in October.

And Danny Jordaan believes Coach Pauw, who will be their first female trainer, will be up to the task of qualifying South Africa to the World Cup.

“We decided we wanted first a women coach for each of our women’s teams, then we wanted one of the best coaches and we when couldn’t find that internally we had to go outside and look. Pauw comes with top credentials,” Jordaan said.

“Her mandate will be to take us to the World Cup next year. Her contract will be for as long as she is successful.”

Pauw was not at Thursday’s announcement in Johannesburg but in a recorded video message she said: “We will aim high and look to make huge strides.”

She will arrive later this month and takes charge of her first match on 26 March against Namibia in a friendly.



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