The FIFA women under-17 tournament currently taking place in Jordan has gone unnoticed as much of the talk in football is centred on the men’s international games coming up this weekend.
Over in Jordan, the first 16 games of the tournament has seen fierce competition and a lot of goals: 59 in total, including Spain’s 6-0 demolition of the host nation.
Africa is represented at the tournament by Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. All three teams have had mixed fortunes, with Ghana the only team to have recorded a victory so far that places them third in group D, with a chance of qualification. Although the Lionesses of Cameroon led Canada in their second group B game, two late goals from the North Americans mean that with no points from two games, the Cameroonians are out of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Nigeria sits bottom in group C with a solitary point after their 0-0 draw against England. The Flamingoes need to win their final group game against Korea DPR to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament.
Cameroon play their final group game on Saturday October 8 against Germany, while Nigeria and Ghana both play on Sunday October 9 against Korea DPR and Paraguay respectively.
Good luck to all the women.