Kenya makes history as Zambia and Nigeria return for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup


Kenya, Zambia, and Nigeria have secured their spots as the African representatives at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, set to take place later this year. The eighth edition of this prestigious tournament is scheduled from October 16 to November 3, 2024, in the Dominican Republic.

Nigeria stands out as a strong contender from Africa, given their extensive history in this competition. Known as the Flamingos, they have participated in six of the seven previous tournaments, demonstrating their prowess and consistency.

Nigeria earned their place in the 2024 finals with a decisive victory over Liberia, winning 6-1 on aggregate. They triumphed 4-1 in the first leg and sealed their qualification with a 2-0 win at home in Abuja.

This impressive track record positions Nigeria as a formidable team to watch in the upcoming tournament.

Zambia’s qualification was marked by their resilience and tactical strength. The Copper Princesses showcased their ability by defeating Morocco, a strong opponent, with a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Despite a scoreless draw in Morocco, Zambia secured their place with a commanding 3-1 win at home. This achievement marks their return to the global stage after a ten-year absence, highlighting the growth and potential of women’s football in Zambia.

The most surprising and inspiring story comes from Kenya, as the Harambee Starlets make their debut in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Kenya’s historic qualification was achieved with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Burundi.

They won 3-0 in the first leg and followed it up with a 2-0 win in Nairobi. This milestone not only marks Kenya’s first appearance in the tournament but also signifies a significant breakthrough for women’s football in the country.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Dominican Republic 2024™ will feature these three African teams competing against some of the best in the world.

Alongside Kenya, Zambia, and Nigeria, the tournament will include teams from England, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, and the host nation, Dominican Republic.

Each African team brings a unique story and strengths to the tournament. Nigeria’s extensive experience and historical success make them a key contender. Zambia’s return after a decade signals their growing prominence in women’s football.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s debut on this global stage is a remarkable achievement, showcasing the rising talent and potential in Kenyan football.

As these teams prepare for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, they carry the hopes and dreams of their nations and the entire African continent. Their participation is not only about competing for the title but also about inspiring future generations of female footballers across Africa.

The tournament in the Dominican Republic promises to be an exciting chapter in the development of women’s football, with African teams ready to make a significant impact.

Photo: CAF Online

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