Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Football : Africa Women Cup of Nations: Egypt edge past Ivory Coast

Zimbabwe have qualified for the both the Olympics and the Africa Women Cup of Nations

Egypt qualified for the Africa Women Cup of Nations for just the second time with an away goals win over Ivory Coast on Monday.
Ivory Coast won the second leg of their tie 2-1 in Abidjan to make the score 2-2 on aggregate.
Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea qualified for the finals with aggregate wins on Sunday.
The Nations Cup will be played in Cameroon in November this year.
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.
Teams qualified for the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations:
Cameroon (hosts), Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt
But a goal in the 86th minute from Nevein Gamal made the score 2-2 overall and Egypt progressed on the away goals rule.
The only other time Egypt have qualified for the finals was in 1998 when they lost all three of their group games.
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 investigation 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.
The final four second leg games are on Tuesday.
Two of those ties a finely balanced after draw in the first legs Kenya host Algeria with the score at 2-2 and reigning champions Nigeria host Senegal after a 1-1 stalemate.
While Ghana and South Africa both return home with away wins already secured 2-1 over Tunisia and 2-0 against Botswana respectively.

Source BBC.COM

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