The 2019 Women’s World Cup kicked off on 7th June with 24 teams in the race in France.
There are 24 teams divided into six groups. Africa’s teams are Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Banyana Banyana of South Africa and the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.
The groups with African representatives are as follows:
GROUP A: France (hosts), Korea Republic, Norway, Nigeria
GROUP B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa
GROUP E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands
Cameroon Lionesses have a slim chance to qualify for the round of 16 and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Nigeria’s Super Falcons are our only chance of an African team progressing.
Nigeria have a very tough opponent the hosts, France, who have already booked their place in the knockout rounds.
Players of the match so far:
- South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana.
- Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala.
- Cameroon’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene
African teams next three games:
Cameroon took on Netherlands on their second game of the tournament, at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes.
The Cameroon Lionesses lost their second game by three goals to one after losing their opening game to Japan.
Cameroon, made their debut at the World Cup in 2015, progressed to the round of 16, after wins over Switzerland and Ecuador.
South Africa’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the World Cup was slimmed by a 0-1 loss to China on Thursday at the Parc des Princes.
They likely to be out of contention after two defeats, but China face a do-or-die final pool match against Spain and they will need victory to progress given their goal difference.
The Banyana Banyana’s final game will be against Germany in Montpellier.
The Super Falcons took a first half lead against South Korea when the opponents scored an own-goal in Grenoble and they sealed a win thanks to Asisat Oshoala, who scored the second one.
They became the first African side to bag three points. South Africa were beaten 3 – 1 by Spain while Cameroon lost narrowly to Canada 1 – 0.
All the African teams have conceded seven and score three at the group stage.