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Nigeria, Zambia qualify for U17 Women’s World Cup


Nigeria and Zambia are officially through to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after securing their tickets to the global showpiece set for the Dominican Republic between 16 October and 03 November 2024.

Nigeria were the first African team to secure a place at the women’s youth competition after defeating Liberia 6-1 on aggregate.

It was smooth sailing for the Nigerians following their comfortable 4-1 away win last weekend.

Going into the return leg on Friday, 14 June with the backing of the home supporters in Abuja, Harmony Chidi’s brace secured a comfortable 2-0 victory for the west African nation, which was more than enough to see them become the first African nation to secure a place at the finals.

The second of Africa’s three places was secured by Zambia on Saturday, 15 June which sees the Zambians return to the tournament after a 10-year absence.

The job was as good as done in Ndola when Namute Chileshe’s stunning hattrick secured a 3-1 win for the Southern African side.

Going into the return leg in Morocco, the Zambians kept Morocco at bay for a goalless stalemate which meant they became the second nation to book their place at the global showpiece.

The third and final place for Africa will be decided on Sunday, 16 June between Kenya and Burundi.

Kenya hold the advantage following a 3-0 first leg win at home.

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