FIFA Women's World Cup

Three African teams progress to round of 16, a first in Women’s World Cup history

Ashmit SinhaAshmit Sinha

August 4 2023
Three African teams progress to round of 16, a first in Women’s World Cup history

Many records have been broken in this edition of the tournament

For the first time in Women’s World Cup history, three African nations have progressed to the round of 16. Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria have managed to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup.

A total of four African teams took part in the World Cup this year, with three of them progressing. The team which missed out is Zambia, although they ended their campaign on a high with a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico. The African teams impressing at the World Cup is a trend after African teams at the men’s World Cup left a mark. African teams recorded five wins in Qatar, a record high. With the Moroccan and Senegal men’s teams making the round of 16.

The first time an African team made the round of 16 in the Women’s World Cup was Nigeria back in 1999 in USA. The next time an African team made it to the round of 16 of the Women’s World was in Canada 16 years later when Cameroon rose to the occasion. Africa’s best performance in the Women’s World Cup before this edition was in France in 2019, when both Nigeria and Cameroon qualified.

This Women’s World Cup marks the first time a main FIFA event is taking place in the Southern Hemisphere, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Nigeria qualified from Group B by defeating co- hosts Australia. South Africa qualified from Group G by defeating Italy. And Morocco qualified from Group H by defeating Colombia and South Korea. In the process, Morocco became the first African team to win two consecutive matches at the World Cup.

In the round of 16, South Africa will face off against Netherlands, Morrocco will face of against France, and Nigeria will face off against England on 6th, 8th, and 7th August respectively.

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