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Nigeria and Ghana through to FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014

Ghana and Nigeria earned spots this weekend in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014.
Ghana and Nigeria earned spots this weekend in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014.
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Two more teams from Africa qualified this weekend for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014.

Nigeria earned a berth on Saturday and Ghana punched its ticket on Sunday in the African qualifiers.

The Nigerians qualified after winning both games in a series with South Africa, including the 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon. Nigeria has now qualified for all seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup dating back to the inaugural tournament in 2002.

Ghana qualified after winning its series over Equatorial Guinea. After a 1-0 loss on the road two weeks ago, Ghana won 1-0 at home on Sunday. The series was decided on penalty kicks, with Ghana prevailing 4-3. Ghana has now qualified for three consecutive editions of the event dating back to 2010.

Thirteen of 16 teams have now qualified for the competition.

Four teams are fighting for two berths in South America until Jan. 31 while four more teams will shoot for one spot in Oceania from Feb. 18-22.

The squads remaining in South America are Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay.

The four sides playing in the Oceania zone are New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The official draw for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 will take place on March 1. At the draw, the 16 teams will be divided into four groups, with host Canada already seeded as A1.

The competition runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton. The 32-match biennial tournament is the premier event for women's youth footballers.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada