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Africa at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Africa at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Africa will be represented by Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in the FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Germany from June 26 July 17, 2011. The Nigerian Super Falcons are the reigning African champions. The team is captained by Precious Dede, a veteran goalkeeper who has played in two previous World Cups. Equatorial Guinea surprised many Africans when they won the Women’s African Championships in 2008. By reaching the final in 2010, they managed to nab a spot at their first FIFA World Cup. The team is captained by Genoveva Aonma.

Women’s soccer in Africa is growing in popularity. Personally I’ve seen many more girls kicking around a soccer ball on dusty pitches in Rwanda, Ghana and Tanzania in the past few years, than I ever have before. I took a little video of some school girls playing at a school in Atsiekpoe, Ghana, have a look.

The women’s national teams are woefully underfunded of course, so these ladies who have made it to the World Cup deserve our support. Nigeria’s Super Falcons are in Group A and will play against France, Germany and Canada in the first round. Equatorial Guinea’s Nzalang Nacional are in Group D and will face Norway, Austria, and Brazil in their first round. You can watch the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches on ESPN in the US, CBC in Canada, and on Eurosport in Europe.