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FIFA Womens WC: Africa’s representatives fail to record a win in Day one

by Lesley Ngwa
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All Four African representatives at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ongoing in Australia and New Zealand, have failed to win their opening games though Nigeria managed to pick up a point.

Zambia, Morocco and African champions, South Africa were all defeated in their matchday one encounters to Japan, Germany and Sweden respectively.

In the three outings, the teams jointly conceded 12goals, with Morocco recording the biggest loss to two time champions,Germany (6-0) to stay bottom in group H.

Morocco is making its first appearance at the tournament after emerging runners-up of the African Women’s Cup of Nations. Their next meeting will be this Sunday against South Korea before Colombia in the last group H game.

The Bayana Bayana of South Africa who qualified as champion of the African continent, put up a good fight against Sweden ranked third in the world but suffered a 2-1 loss to the later despite boasting of a good defense compartment in this encounter.

This is their second participation in the world’s women football setpiece that sees 32 nations in competition, with their best performances being the group stage in 2019.

South Africa’s next meeting is against bottom place Argentina on Friday, July 28, a game which may decide their fate before they lastly meet Italy who already has three points.

Zambia on the other hand began its campaign on bad footing last Saturday with a 5-0 loss to one time champion, Japan and they were the first African team to kickstart the competition in just their very first participation in this competition.

The Copper Queens recording one of the worse day one start having failed to record a single shot and will on Wednesday July 26, go against Spain who beat Costa Rica 3-0 on day one and so a over
Zambia eventually books their ticket to the knockout phase with one game to spare, marking the end of the road for Zambia who must put up a defensive display if they seek to remain competitive against Spain.

The super Falcons of Nigeria look promising to reach the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup for the second time as they are the only African team to have recorded a point on match day one, having held Canada to a zero all draw despite playing 10 against 11.

They are the only African team to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and one of the few who have world so in the world, recording their best performance at the 1999 edition where they reached the quarterfinals.

Nigeria will face Australia who seat top of Group B with three points after a 1-0 over the Republic of Ireland, on Thursday, July 27 before they meet bottom place Ireland on Monday next week.

This is the eight edition of the tournament with the United States as defending champions and must successful nation, having won it for the fourth time in 2019.

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