Africa women battle for World Cup berth


The winners of the two-legged encounter will represent Africa at the tourney to be staged in New Zealand from October 30 to November 16, 2008.

In Accra on Saturday, Ghana’s Black Maidens will host their counterparts from RD Congo in a repeat of a clash between the two senior women’s team in 2006, which the latter failed to turn up.

The Black Maidens, who reached this stage at the expense of Zambia courtesy a 6-0 aggregate, are poised for action against their counterparts from Central Africa, who will be tasting their first action in the series after drawing bye in the preliminaries following the withdrawal Zimbabwe.

Ghana’s coach Abraham Allotey has been in camp sometime with his players as they fine-tune their preparations for the crucial clash and insists they are ready for action.“We are in good condition and the players are in high spirits. We are determined to succeed and won’t welcome any form of complacency."

In Monrovia, Liberia will be hoping to cause a major upset as they host continent’s foremost women soccer nation, Nigeria in a dicey clash.

The Nigerians routed Guinea 12-0 on aggregate and are certainly going to be a tall mountain for the Liberians, who went through after Benin had withdrawn.

Cameroon will square off South Africa in the other clash. South African women’s coach Augustine Makalakalane is preparing the side for the game that will be played in Douala on Saturday.