The Ghanaians, nicknamed Black Maidens recorded a 9-0 away win against Djibouti away in Djibouti whilst South Africa’s Bantwana trounced their Moroccan counterparts 5-1 in Johannesburg.
At the Dobsonville Stadium, South Africa led 4-0 at half time thanks to a brace from Karabo Dlamini and one each from Thambolinye Mzoneli and Miche Minnies. Sphumelele Shamase added the fifth goal midway into the second half before Noura Mouadni grabbed a consolation for the visiting Moroccans on 71 minutes.
Elsewhere in Benin City, Nigeria stumbled to a 2-2 draw at home to Cameroon, a result which makes the reverse a difficult fixture for the former.
Though Previous Vincent scored the opening for Nigeria as early as the second minute, the visitors fought back and were rewarded with a brilliant header by Marie Ngah seven minutes later.
Alice Kanemi put Cameroon in the lead for the first time just before the break, and Osaretin Ikekhua equalized with a well-taken free-kick seven minutes after recess.
The second leg matches will take place in a fortnight with the winners advancing to the final tournament in Uruguay later in the year.
02.02.18 Djibouti Ghana 9-0 Djibouti
03.02.18 Benin City Nigeria 2-2 Cameroon
04.02.18 Johannesburg South Africa 5-1 Morocco