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Women’s Olympic Qualifying: Ghana completes dominant first round victory, Benin and Mali narrowly advance

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The first round of qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics women’s football tournament is complete in the African region with a couple decisive victories along with a few close encounters. Ghana were one of the teams to progress without issues after the Black Queens defeated Guinea 4-0 in Accra to win 7-0 on aggregate.

It was a bit too close for comfort for supporters of Mali and Benin who expected to advance comfortably with second leg matches at home. Burkina Faso came back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to win 2-1 at Mali but unfortunately for the Burkinabé team the away goals rule is not in play. Mali found a goal in extra time to win 3-2 on aggregate and advance.

For Benin an early defensive mistake saw the Amazons fall behind against Guinea-Bissau but the hosts fought back with three first half goals for a 3-2 victory to win 5-4 on aggregate. Namibia also progressed after a 0-0 second leg result against Equatorial Guinea to win 2-0 on aggregate. DR Congo, Ivory Coast and Tanzania all progressed by walkover to join Tuesday’s victors as well as Uganda and Ethiopia.

The list of scores from Tuesday are below followed by the second round matches and highlights from Tuesday’s matches involving Ghana and Benin.


Equatorial Guinea 0-0 Namibia

Namibia advances 2-0 on aggregate

Benin 3-2 Guinea-Bissau

Benin advances 5-4 on aggregate

Ghana 4-0 Guinea

Ghana advances 7-0 on aggregate

Mali 2-2 Burkina Faso (AET)

Mali advances 3-2 on aggregate after extra time

Second Round Matches

Matches will be played October 23-October 31

Benin v Ghana

Mali v Zambia

Ivory Coast v Tunisia

Namibia v Morocco

Uganda v Cameroon

Ethiopia v Nigeria

Tanzania v Botswana

DR Congo v South Africa


Benin 3-2 Guinea-Bissau

Ghana 4-0 Guinea