Algeria women ‘in good condition’ after coup in Sudan before Nations Cup qualifier

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The Algerian football federation (Faf) says its women’s national side is “in a good condition” in Sudan, despite the ongoing coup in the country.

The Algeria squad are in Khartoum ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier for next year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, protecting a 14-0 lead from the first leg.

It is unclear if the game on Omdurman will go ahead after Sudan’s military dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) is monitoring the situation.

statement by Faf on Twitter said: “The Algerian federation is keen to reassure the sporting public that the delegation of the national women’s team, who are currently staying in Khartoum, is in good condition, despite the prevailing political situation.”

Faf says it is ‘working to repatriate’ the team, which has been based in its hotel, following the coup.

Algeria’s women are the second African team to be caught up in a coup in as many months after Morocco’s men’s side had to be evacuated from Guinea last month in similar circumstances.

“Caf is monitoring the situation and an official statement will follow after receiving reports from all parties,” African football’s ruling body told BBC Sport Africa on Monday.

Super Falcons through despite loss to rivals

Defending champions Nigeria reached the second round of Nations Cup qualifying despite suffering a 1-0 defeat in Ghana on Sunday.

Princella Adubea put Ghana ahead in Accra three minutes after the break, but the Black Queens had captain Portia Boakye sent off just after the hour mark for a second bookable offence.

Nigeria, who have won the Nations Cup a record nine times, were also reduced to 10 when Glory Ogbonna was shown red following a late challenge.

Yet the Super Falcons survived a nervy finish to progress 2-1 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Cameroon also went through after a 2-0 home win over Central African Republic secured a 3-0 aggregate victory while Kenya thrashed South Sudan 7-1 to complete an overall 15-1 triumph.

Namibia won 3-2 in Tanzania to reach the second round 5-3 on aggregate, and Burkina Faso went through 5-2 courtesy of a 3-1 victory in Benin.

Meanwhile, Togo have been handed a bye to the second round after opponents Sao Tome withdrew after losing the first leg of their tie 5-0 on Friday.

Djibouti are already in the second round after Rwanda also withdrew, while Equatorial Guinea were given a walkover when DR Congo failed to turn up for the first leg.

Three more first-round ties conclude on Monday, with a further 11 fixtures on Tuesday.

The second round of qualifying, which will be held in February, will decide the 11 nations joining hosts Morocco at next year’s finals.

Women’s Nations Cup first round qualifying results

  • Tanzania 2-3 Namibia (3-5 agg)
  • South Sudan 1-7 Kenya (1-15 agg)
  • Cameroon 2-0 Central African Republic (3-0 agg)
  • Ghana 1-0 Nigeria (1-2 agg)
  • Benin 1-3 Burkina Faso (2-5 agg)

Monday’s first round second-leg fixtures

  • The Gambia v Sierra Leone (2-0 agg)
  • Guinea v Mali (2-2 agg)
  • Ivory Coast v Niger (9-0 agg)

Tuesday’s first round second-leg fixtures

  • Ethiopia v Uganda (0-2 agg)
  • Burundi v Eritrea (5-0 agg)
  • Zambia v Malawi (1-1 agg)
  • Eswatini v Zimbabwe (1-3 agg)
  • Botswana v Angola (5-1 agg)
  • South Africa v Mozambique (7-0 agg)
  • Sudan v Algeria (0-14 agg)
  • Tunisia v Egypt (6-2 agg)
  • Gabon v Congo (1-2 agg)
  • Senegal v Liberia (2-1 agg)
  • Mauritania v Guinea-Bissau (0-1 agg)

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