Costa Rica 2022: Busy time for Nigerian teams as CAF fixes Falconets, Cameroon 4th round tie for January 22

By Harry Awurumibe, Africa’s No.1 Women’s Football Journalist

Falconets pose for photographers

Nigeria’s U-20 women’s football team, Falconets will tackle their Cameroonian opponents on January 22, 2022 in the first leg of the fourth round FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup African qualifiers match.

This is even as the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has fixed the return leg match for the weekend of February 4 to 6, 2022 when all the fourth round matches for the eight teams still in the race for the two tickets to represent Africa in Costa Rica next year.
According to the full fixtures released by CAF at the weekend, all the first and second leg matches have been scheduled for the weekend of January 21, 22, 23 and February 4, 5, 6, 2022 respectively.
The matches especially the encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon will be played in the middle of the TotalEnergie CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cameroon 2021 which will be played in six stadia across the country with Nigeria’s Super Eagles involved in the Africa’s biggest football competition.
Nigeria’s Flamingos will also be busy early next year, a situation which will see the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) having its quivers full as the national teams fight in many battles with its attendant financial needs although the NFF chieftains always argued that the federation has since attained financial self sustainability with the deluge of A-list Nigerian and foreign corporate sponsors including but not limited to Nike, AITEO, MTN, Air Peace, XBET, Emzor, Baba Ijebu, etc.

Falconets attacker Joy Jerry goes past her Central African Republic (CAR) defender in a recent match in Cameroon.

To qualify for this round Nigeria women’s youth team thrashed Congo 4-0 away in the first leg before the country withdrew from the competition apparently sensing a massacre in the return leg tie in Lagos billed for last week.

Also, Cameroon won on walkover and advanced to the fourth round after Gabon withdrew before the first leg to set up a clash with arch-rivals, Nigeria in the winner takes all round.
Elsewhere, Tanzania went through at the expense of hardfighting Burundi on 4-3 goals aggregate while Ethiopia humiliated Botswana 8-2 aggregate score.
Uganda created the biggest upset in the qualifiers by eliminated South Africa by odd goal scored in Kampala as the home court advantage could not save South Africa last Friday in the return leg tie in Johannesburg.
Ghana had to rely on a lone goal scored by Ghana Black Queens rising star, Evelyn Badu to scale Zambia’s hurdle just as Morocco mauled Gambia 9-1goals aggregate to move to the next round while Senegal had to rely on away goal rule to edge out West African neighbours Guinea as the aggregate score stood at 3-3.
Costa Rica 2022 African Qualifiers Third Round Results:
-Morocco 🇲🇦 6-0 Gambia 🇬🇲 (agg:Morocco 9-1 Gambia)
-Ethiopia 🇪🇹 5-1 Botswana 🇧🇼 (agg: Ethiopia 8-2)
-South Africa 🇿🇦 0-0 Uganda 🇺🇬 (agg: South Africa 0-1 Uganda)
-Congo 🇨🇬 0-4 Nigeria 🇳🇬
*Congo withdraw ahead of return Leg ; Nigeria avance*
-Cameroon 🇨🇲 vs Gabon 🇬🇦
*Gabon withdraw ; Cameroon advance*
‘Burundi 🇧🇮 1-1 Tanzania 🇹🇿
(agg: Burundi 3-4 Tanzania )
-Ghana 🇬🇭 1-0 Zambia 🇿🇲
(agg: Ghana 1-0 Zambia )
-Guinea 🇲🇱 3-1 Senegal 🇸🇳
(agg: Guinea 3-3 Senegal )
 ✅ Fourth Round Fixtures:
Tanzania 🇹🇿 vs Ethiopia 🇪🇹
 Uganda 🇺🇬 vs Ghana 🇬🇭
Morocco 🇲🇦 vs Senegal 🇸🇳
 Cameroon 🇨🇲 vs Nigeria 🇳🇬
1st leg: January 21-22-23, 2022*
*2nd leg: February 4-5-6, 2022*

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