Mali subdue Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire thrash Niger to reach second round

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Mali booked their spot in the second qualifying round of the TotalEnergies Women's Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Guinea 2-0 in Conakry on Monday.

In Bamako, the Malians endured a frustrating tie with the Guineans as the contest ended in a 2-2 draw at Stade Modibo Keita five days ago.

Couloumba Sogore's own goal and Camara's strike canceled out Agueicha Diarra and Aissata Traore's efforts to force a 2-2 first leg draw.

Five days later at the General Lansana Conte Stadium, both teams played out a dramatic goalless first half until Traore broke the Guineans' resilience 11 minutes after the restart.

The Malians maintained their search for a second against the hosts and Diarra's sublime free kick 13 minutes from regulation time to seal their progression.

Following their qualification, Mali will square up against Tuesday's winner between Liberia and Senegal in the second round of the qualifiers.

The Eagles will be aiming to surpass their best performance at the women's AFCON tournament in Morocco in 2022, where they will also bid to qualify for their first-ever Women's World Cup in 2023.

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Cote d'Ivoire 11-0 Niger

On Monday in Abidjan, the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire decimated Niger 11-0 to advance to the second round of the qualifiers for the TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2022.

Entering for the first time into a qualifying series, the Nigeriens endured a 9-0 first leg humiliation at Stade Général Seyni Kountché, Niamey five days ago.

During the second leg at Stade Robert Champroux, a brace each from Fatou Coulibaly, Rebecca Guehai, and Ines Affri plus Rosemonde Kouassi's treble and Jessica Aby saw the hosts complete a double, with a 20-0 aggregate triumph.

The Ivorians are eyeing a third ever appearance in the WAFCON finals and return to the showpiece for the first time since Namibia 2014.

To achieve this, they must eliminate African champions Nigeria, who they knocked out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers in the second round battle.