Uphill task for Africans in 2008 Under-17 Women’s World Cup

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Africa’s representatives at the ongoing 2008 Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand – Ghana and Nigeria – are not looking good to advance to the second round of the competition, going by their performances to far in the group stage.

On Sunday, Nigeria lost 1-0 to England in their second group match in Wellington.

The loss left the Nigerians in third place with 3 points in group D.

The Nigerians, who won their opening match against South Korea 2-1, face an uphill task in their final group match against Brazil on Wednesday.

On its part, Ghana has yet to win any match, losing one and drawing one in the two matches so far played to also place third with only one point in group B.

The Ghanaians must win their last group match against Costa Rica on Tuesday to have any hope of advancing.

The top two teams in each of the four groups will advance to the next stage.

Other participants in the competition are host New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, North Korea, Japan, US, France, Paraguay, Brazil, England and South Korea

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