The best two teams of each of the two groups of the 10th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations have grabbed the four tickets for the semi finals. Cameroon and South Africa qualified in group A, in the first and second positions respectively while Nigeria and Ghana picked the two available tickets for the semi finals in group B.
The third and last group games played simultaneously in each of the pools marked the end of the race for four teams. In group A, Zimbabwe and Egypt are out of the competition and Mali and Kenya are also out in group B. Mali leaves the competition from group B based in Limbe after recording one victory, two defeats, four goals scored and 10 goals conceded in three matches earning her three points while Egypt in group A with matches in Yaoundé goes home after the group stage with one victory, three points, two defeats and seven goals conceded in three matches.
Zimbabwe that played in group A did not score any goal, played a draw game, conceded three goals and picked one point while Kenya in group B scored two goals in three matches, lost all three games, conceding ten goals and leaves the competition with no point.
According to FIFA rules the first team in group A, plays with the second in group B, while the first group B plays the first in group A during the semi finals. In this light, Cameroon will challenge Ghana at 4pm on the 29th September in Yaoundé in the first semi final match and Nigeria will play against South Africa at 7pm in Limbe in the second semi final encounter on the same day. The winners of each of the games will compete at the final on 3rd December 2016 at 4pm in Yaoundé while the losers will face each other for the third position on 2nd December at 4pm in Yaoundé.
At the end of the group stage of the competition, Cameroon is the overall best team with three victories in three matches, five goals scored and no goal coded, grabbing all nine available points in the pools stage. Nigeria is at the second position with two victories and one draw in three matches, 12 goals scored and one goal conceded, ending up with seven points. Ghana is third with two victories, one draw, seven goals scored, two goals conceded and seven points to her credit.
South Africa holds the fourth position with six goals scored, one goal conceded with one victory, a draw and a defeat in three group games earning her four points. So far, the Cameroonian defence wall has been the most efficient, followed by Nigeria and South Africa that have each conceded a goal each before Ghana that has received two goals. In teams of scoring prowess, title holders, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, top the chart with 12 goals scored followed by that has scored seven times in three games, then South Africa with six before Cameroon that has scored five goals so far.
At this stage of the competition, 34 goals have been scored in 12 matches give an average of 2.833 goals per match. Nigeria tops the goal scoring chart with an average of four goals per match. She is followed by Ghana with an average 2.33 goals per match; South Africa scored approximately 2 goals per match while Cameroon scored an average 1.66 goals in each encounter.
Mathematical, title holders, Nigeria and several times champion and host country, Cameroon multiply finalist are favorites in the 10th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations but all the other teams have equal chances and the winner of competition will only be known after the final whistle is blown on the 3rd December 2016 in Yaoundé.
Culled from CRTV