AWCON 2022 Qualifiers: Kenya, Algeria record cricket scorelines as big girls advance

BY: Rosalind Amoh
Neddy Atieno was among Kenya's scorers against South Sudan. She leads the qualifiers scorers' chart with six goals.
Neddy Atieno was among Kenya's scorers against South Sudan. She leads the qualifiers scorers' chart with six goals.

Cote d’Ivoire’s women football team, the Elephants annihilated Niger 20-0 on aggregate in their first round tie of the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.

The Ivorians won 11-0 in the second leg encounter played in Abidjan to add to the 9-0 mauling they had earlier dished out in the first leg.

The scoreline was the biggest in the first round qualifying round.

Kenya and Algeria were the other highest-scoring sides, as the Harambee Starlets beat South Sudan 15-1 on aggregate, winning 7-1 in the second leg after winning the first leg 8-0.

Algeria on the other hand, whitewashed Sudan 14-0 in the first leg played in Algiers and it is not clear if the second leg will be honoured given the political unrest in Sudan.

There was no major upset as the big girls in African women’s football progressed to the second stage of the first round qualifiers with South Africa, Cameroun, Tunisia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria were all on the winning side, recording some emphatic wins in their games.

Almost all the teams that won the first leg, made it a double, emphatically sealing their passage into the next and final round of the qualifiers which would select 11 teams to join hosts, Morocco, for the tournament next year.

South Africa’s Bayana Bayana, the silver medalists at the 2018 tournament, beat Mozambique 6-0 to record a 13-0 aggregate in the tie.

Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles earned a narrow 1-0 win against Egypt but advanced 7-2 on aggregate, having won the first leg 6-2.

Uganda, Cameroun, Senegal and Zimbabwe all recorded wins to advance to the next stage which will be the final round of the qualifiers to select the 11 teams that will join hosts, Morocco for the tournament.

The final round ties will be played from February 14–23, 2022.

First round, second leg ties 1st leg results in brackets

Ghana 1: Nigeria 0 (0-2)

South Africa 6: 0 Mozambique (7: 0)

Ethiopia 2:0 Uganda (0:2)

Uganda won 2-1 on penalties

South Sudan 1:7 Kenya (0:8)

Burundi 1:0 Eriteria (5-0)

Zambia 3:2 Malawi (1-1)

Gambia 1:1 Sierra Leone (2:0)

Cameroun 2:0 Central African Republic (1:0)

Tunisia 1:0 Egypt (6:2)

Eswatini 0:3 Zimbabwe (1:3)

Namibia 3:2 Tanzania (2:1)

Gabon 1:0 Congo (1:2)

Cote d’Ivoire 11: 0 Niger (9:0)

Benin 1:3 Burkina Faso (1:2)

Guinea 0:2 Mali (2:2)

Senegal 6:0 Liberia (2:1)

Sudan v Algeria (0-14)

Sao Tome & Principe 0:5 Togo

•Sao Tome withdrew from 2nd leg