A total of 38 goals were scored in the eight matches, with the Cameroon – Ethiopia barren draw in Yaounde, the only game that failed to produce a goal.
South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, DR Congo and Zambia were the biggest winners with wide margin victories, which have almost but secured them places for the next round of the qualifiers pending the second leg matches in a fortnight.
Resuming on the same momentum, Ndyebi, Kgatlana and Salgado found the back of the net again to complete their braces with Linda Motlhalo also on target whilst Refilwe Mathlo grabbed a consolation for the Lady Zebras.
In Monrovia, the Falconets of Nigeria, losing finalists at the last FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup last year in Canada, were simply too much for their hosts Liberia, beating them 7-1 in front of their fans.
Striker Yetunde Adeboyejo scored a hat-trick; Veronica Chinwendu scored a brace coupled with a goal each from Veronica Chinewendu and Chinozo Sunday was enough to give coach Peter Dedevbo’s team the first leg cushion they so desired.
The Liberians managed by former Arsenal forward, Christopher Wreh got their consolation through Kanties Sayee, who scored just before the break.
In Accra, Ghana’s Black Princesses outclassed their Senegalese counterparts with a 6-0 drubbing. Striking duo, Jane Ayieyam and Sandra Owusu-Ansah each scored twice in either half with goals from Fatima Alhassan and Princella Adubea completing the rout.
The visiting Young Gladiators of Namibia failed to survive in Kinshasa succumbing to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of their hosts, DR Congo. The homers were up after four minutes through Nathalie Boyengwa and Joelle Mwadi confirmed their dominance with the second on 13 minutes. Flavie Mawete took the game beyond the Namibians with the third goal just before the break and Mwadi signed off with her second of the day six minutes after break.
In Dar es Salaam, Zambia showed no mercy to hosts Tanzania crushing them 4-0 in Dar es Salaam. The visitors led by three goals at the break with strikes from Memory Phiri on four minutes, Irene Lungu midway through and Barbara Banda three minutes past the hour mark. Mary Wilombe converted a penalty five minutes from recess to ensure victory.
Equatorial Guinea humbled Mali 4-0 in Malabo to remain in good stead for a place at the next round. A spirited second half performance by the hosts saw them score thrice through Francisca Ondo, Isabel Nsang and Muriellynda Abossolo after Olga Esono shot them into the lead on 37 minutes.
Burkina Faso were 2-1 winners over Algeria away in Algiers. Assifou Coulibaly and Yasmine Ouattara each netted for the Burkinabes and Baya Meskari reducing the deficit from the spot.
The second leg matches will be held on the weekend of 24-26 July 2015 with the winners advancing to the second round.
Two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the final tournament scheduled for 28 October to 16 November 2016 in Papua New Guinea.
Saturday, 11 July 2015
Tanzania 0-4 Zambia
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Ghana 6-0 Senegal
Algeria 1-2 Burkina Faso
South Africa 8-1 Botswana
Equatorial Guinea 4-0 Mali
DR Congo 4-0 Namibia
Liberia 1-7 Nigeria
Cameroon 0-0 Ethiopia