Big guns Ghana and South Africa comfortably sealed their places at the third round of the continental qualifiers for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games after seeing off their opponents in typical fashion.
Ghana’s Black Queens humbled the Lady Pharaohs of Egypt 3-0 in Accra, whereas the Banyana Banyana of South Africa outclassed their Gabonese counterparts 5-0 in Johannesburg to secure passages into the penultimate round.
With a 1-1 draw from the first leg, the West Africans needed a spirited second half performance to see-off the Egyptians, and remain on the path for a debut outing at the quadrennial multisport event.
Midfielder Portia Boakye broke the deadlock on 53 minutes before teenage sensation, Jane Ayieyam doubled the lead in the 85th minute. Elizabeth Addo put the icing on the cake with the third goal with a superb header to wrap up victory.
South Africa were simply too much for Gabon putting five unanswered goals past the visitors and seal their place in grand style, 8-2 on aggregate. Playing their first match following the retirement of talismanic forward, Portia Modise who called time on her career barely few days before the clash, Banyana Banyana led 3-0 at half time.
Jermaine Seoposenwe scored the opener after just eight minutes before strikes from Amanda Dlamini on 22 minutes and Refiloe Jane two minutes later put the hosts on the path of victory. Seoposenwe completed her brace midway through the second half before in-form Sanah Mollo completed the rout, heading home on 77 minutes.
The Harambee Starlets of Kenya made an unusual entry into the penultimate round after a last-gasp winner by Dorcas Shikobe handed them a lone goal victory over Botswana. The Kenyans went through on the away goal rule after a 2-2 tie and will face South Africa at the next round.
In Harare, the Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe made up for their failure to qualify for the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville (Congo), beating Zambia 1-0 to march on. Captain Felistas Muzongondi’s first half strike was all the Zimbabweans needed to go through on the away goal after a 2-2 tie.
The third round will take place in the month of July with the winners aancing to the final round of the qualifiers.
Two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Kenya 1-0 Botswana (1-2)
Equatorial Guinea vs Congo (3-0)
South Africa 5-0 Gabon (3-2)
Ghana 3-0 Egypt (1-1)
Zimbabwe 1-0 Zambia (1-2)
Source : Confederation of African Football