… Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea rumble
Defending champions of Africa Women championship, the Falcons of Nigeria, and host, Equatorial Guinea, have qualified for the semi-finals of the African Women’s Championship with perfect records.
The two teams that represented Africa at the London Olympics this year, South Africa and Cameroon, join them in the last four.
In Wednesday’s semi-finals, Equatorial Guinea will play Cameroon, while Nigeria will face South Africa.
In the final of Group B matches played on Sunday, Nigeria beat Ivory Coast 3-1, while Cameroon was held to a goalless draw by Ethiopia.
Earlier in the tournament, Nigeria inflicted revenge on Cameroon, who beat the Super Falcons to qualify for the Olympics, with a 2-1 win in the group opener.
Perpetua Nkwocha scored a late winner in the game, and she also scored the final goal in the 3-0 win over Ethiopia. Cameroon recovered from her last-gasp loss to Nigeria to record a comfortable 4-1 win over Ivory Coast in her second match.
A hat-trick from Andisiwe Mgcoyi helped South Africa seal her place in the last four as she beat DR Congo 4-1 in her final Group A game on Saturday.
The win saw Banyana Banyana grab the runners-up spot behind host, Equatorial Guinea.
South Africa, who played at 2012 Olympics in London earlier this year, lost her opener 1-0 to the hosts.
She bounced back to beat Senegal 1-0 in her second game with Mgcoyi getting the only goal of the game.
Portia Modise celebrated her 100th cap against Senegal but was unable to add to her tally of 72 goals so far.
Equatorial Guinea is the only team other than Nigeria to have been African Women’s Champion, when she lifted the title in 2008 – and that was also on home soil.
The host scored 12 unanswered goals in her group games with a 1-0 win over South Africa followed by a 6-0 thrashing of DR Congo and 5-0 win over Senegal.
Genoveva Anonman, with four goals, and Jade Boho, with three, are the top scorers for Equatorial Guinea after the group stages.