CAF, OFC Women’s World Cup qualifiers

The final four teams will qualify for France over the next two weeks

Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana of the Houston Dash (left) and Rosie White of the Chicago Red Stars (Photo credit: isiphotos.com)

The field is almost complete! Twenty of 24 countries have booked their tickets to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France so far: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China PR, England, France (host nation), Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Republic, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

The remaining teams will be decided in two tournaments that begin this weekend: the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations and the 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup. NWSL players will feature in both tournaments.

This page will be updated with results and highlights as they become available. Links to live streams, if available, will also be added. Live scores are available on FIFA.com.


CAF: 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The tournament will take place in Ghana from November 17 to December 1, with eight teams divided into two groups, followed by semifinals and a third-place game and final. The top three teams in the tournament will advance to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Equatorial Guinea has been banned from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for fielding ineligible players, so their performance in this tournament will not qualify them for next summer. (Details) Equatorial Guinea was initially left out of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, and replaced by Kenya, but were reinstated to the tournament, and Kenya removed, on November 7. (Details)

 

NWSL players will feature on three teams:

Ghana: Elizabeth Addo (Seattle Reign FC) [Full Roster]

Nigeria: Francisca Ordega (Washington Spirit) [Full Roster]

South Africa: Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo (Houston Dash) [Full Roster]

 

Following the group stage action, Nigeria and South Africa, along with Cameroon and Mali, have moved onto the semifinals for a chance at the three Women’s World Cup berths. Ghana has been eliminated.

The semifinals took place place on Tuesday — Cameroon vs. Nigeria and South Africa vs. Mali — with Nigeria and South Africa qualifying for the Women’s World Cup. Cameroon and Mali will meet in the third-place game for CAF’s final berth. [More info]

Nigeria has a chance to become the seventh team to have qualified for all eight Women’s World Cups. If they qualify, they would join the Brazil, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States as the only teams to qualify for every edition of the tournament. South Africa has never qualified for the Women’s World Cup.

 

Tournament Schedule

 

Group A

November 17: Ghana 1 – Algeria 0 (Recap); Mali 1 – Cameroon 2

 

November 20: Ghana 1 – Mali 2 (Recap); Cameroon 3 – Algeria 0

Seattle Reign FC’s Elizabeth Addo converted from the penalty spot, but it wasn’t enough for Ghana as they fell 2-1 to Mali in their second group stage game.

 

November 23: Cameroon 1 – Ghana 1; Algeria 2 – Mali 3

 

Group B

November 18: Nigeria 0 – South Africa 1 (Recap); Zambia 5 – Equatorial Guinea 0

Houston Dash forward Thembi Kgatlana scored the game’s only goal in the 88th minute as South Africa beat Nigeria in their first game of the group stage.

 

November 21: Nigeria 4 – Zambia 0; Equatorial Guinea 1 – South Africa 7

 

November 24: Equatorial Guinea 0 – Nigeria 6; South Africa 1 – Zambia 1

 

November 27 — Semifinals: Cameroon 0 – Nigeria 0 (Nigeria wins 2-4 in penalties); South Africa 2 – Mali 0

November 30 — Third Place Game: Cameroon 4 – Mali 2

December 1 — Final: Nigeria 0 – South Africa 0 (Nigeria wins 4-3 in penalties)


OFC: 2018 OFC Women’s Nations Cup

The tournament will take place in New Caledonia from November 18 to December 1, with eight teams divided into two groups, followed by semifinals and a third-place game and final. The winner of the tournament will advance to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. After each team came up with big wins in their semifinal games, New Zealand and Fiji will meet in the final on Saturday for the last spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. New Zealand has appeared in four prior Women’s World Cups.

New Zealand is the OFC Women’s Nations Cup defending champion and features: Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC), Rebekah Stott (Sky Blue FC) and Rosie White (Chicago Red Stars). [Full Roster]

New Zealand also has a new head coach, former Pride head coach Tom Sermanni.

 

 

Tournament Schedule

 

Group A

November 18: Samoa 0 – Papua New Guinea 5; Tahiti 2 – New Caledonia 4

November 21: Tahiti 5 – Samoa 5; New Caledonia 2 – Papua New Guinea 6

November 24: Papua New Guinea 3 – Tahiti 1; New Caledonia 2 – Samoa 0

Group B

November 19: New Zealand 11 – Tonga 0; Cook Islands 0 – Fiji 3

November 22: Tonga 0 – Fiji 12; New Zealand 6 – Cook Islands 0

November 25: Tonga 1 – Cook Islands 0; Fiji 0 – New Zealand 10

 

November 28 — Semifinals: New Zealand 8 – New Caledonia 0 (Recap); Papua New Guinea 1 – Fiji 5

December 1 —

Third Place Game: Papua New Guinea 7 – New Caledonia 1

Final: Fiji 0 – New Zealand 8