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AWC semi-finalists seek Women’s World Cup qualification

AWC semi-finalists seek Women’s World Cup qualification

The logo for the 2010 African Womens' Championship

The winners of Thursday’s semis will go to the World Cup next year

The two finalists at the African Women’s Championship will each earn a place at next year’s Women’s World Cup.

Nigeria face Cameroon in the semis on Thursday followed by hosts South Africa taking on champions Equatorial Guinea.

South Africa have never been to the Women’s World Cup and fans are being urged to give the team their backing.

“There is no better time for our girls, we are saying to them seize the moment,” SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani said.

“We are hoping they will be able to achieve their dreams of qualifying for their first ever World Cup tournament.”

Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon have also never been to a women’s World Cup, but Nigeria are veterans of the global showpiece, having appeared at every edition so far.

The Super Falcons are determined to keep up that record.

“I don’t intend to lose any match before lifting the trophy,” Eucharia Uche, the Nigeria coach told the BBC.

Her squad is a young one, with players from the under-17 and under-20 teams involved as well – and she is confident for the future, both for Nigeria and for the game as a whole.

“Female football has grown – you see surprises here and there and teams here were battling up to the last minute to qualify [for the semi-finals]; to me there is improvement in female football in Africa,” coach Uche said.

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