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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2004, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Nigeria/Cameroon head to semis
By Mark Gleeson
BBC Sport, Johannesburg

Mail's Rokiatou Samake and Nigeria's Bunmi Kayode tussel for the ball
Nigeria swept to victory with ease

Nigeria and Cameroon both qualified for the semi-finals of the African Women's Championship with Group B victories on Saturday.

Nigeria won top place in the group with an expected 3-0 win over Mali in Pretoria, and now play Ethiopia in Tuesday's semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Cameroon survived an early scare to fight back strongly and defeat Algeria 3-1 in Germiston.

Cameroon progress to a tough clash against Ghana's Black Queens in Tuesday's other semi-final, with both ties to be played in Johannesburg.

Tuesday's semi-finals
Ghana v Cameroon
Nigeria v Ethiopia

A defensive Algerian side took the lead after just 12 minutes from Nabila Imloul and then retreated into their own half to take on wave after wave of Cameroonian attacks.

Cameroon's failure to break down the defence saw them lose confidence, but after Noelle Mbida equalised just before the half-hour their game lifted dramatically.

Mbida struck home a second goal in the 72nd minute, sneaking in unmarked at the back post to score from close range.

Substitute Cecile Mekongo scored a second goal in as many games to make sure of the victory that Cameroon needed to reach the semi-finals.

Algeria finished third in the group with three points while Mali went home with just one.

Perpetua Nwocha scored twice for Nigeria in a pedestrian win over the outclassed Malians to see the Falcons end with seven points from their three games.

Cynthia Uwak had opened the scoring early on in the game.

Ethiopia, who clinched their place on Friday, are the only newcomers in the final four from the last African women's championship played in Nigeria two years ago.




SEE ALSO
African Women's Championship 2004
17 Sep 04  |  African
Ethiopia into last four
24 Sep 04  |  African
Cameroon hold Nigeria
22 Sep 04  |  African
South Africa fail to qualify
21 Sep 04  |  African



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