2015 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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2015 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Tournament details
Dates 22 May – 18 October 2015
Teams 18 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 20
Goals scored 48 (2.4 per match)
Top scorer(s) Equatorial Guinea Jade
South Africa Jermaine Seoposenwe
(5 goals each)

The 2015 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament was the 4th edition of the CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the quadrennial international football competition organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to determine which women's national teams from Africa qualify for the Olympic football tournament.

The top two teams of the tournament qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament in Brazil as the CAF representatives.[1]

South Africa qualified for the second Olympics in a row, while Zimbabwe qualified for the first time.[2]


A total of 18 CAF member national teams entered the qualifying rounds.

Round Teams entering round No. of teams
First round 4
Second round 14
Qualifying rounds Total 18


Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, extra time would be played. The away goals rule would again be applied after extra time, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner.[3]

The two winners of the fourth round qualified for the Olympic football tournament.


The schedule of the qualifying rounds was as follows.[4]

Round Leg Date
First round First leg 24–26 April 2015
Second leg 8–10 May 2015
Second round First leg 22–24 May 2015
Second leg 29–31 May 2015
Third round First leg 17–19 July 2015
Second leg 31 July–2 August 2015
Fourth round First leg 2–4 October 2015
Second leg 16–18 October 2015

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guinea-Bissau  w/o  Liberia
Gabon  w/o  Libya

Note: Guinea-Bissau and Libya withdrew.[5]

Guinea-Bissau  Cancelled  Liberia
Liberia  Cancelled  Guinea-Bissau

Liberia won on walkover.

Gabon  Cancelled  Libya
Libya  Cancelled  Gabon

Gabon won on walkover.

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Liberia  w/o  Cameroon
Egypt  1–4  Ghana 1–1 0–3
Ivory Coast  w/o  Tunisia
Zambia  2–2 (a)  Zimbabwe 2–1 0–1
Gabon  2–8  South Africa 2–3 0–5
Botswana  2–2 (a)  Kenya 2–1 0–1
Nigeria  w/o  Mali
Congo  0–7  Equatorial Guinea 0–3 0–4

Note: Liberia, Mali and Tunisia withdrew.[6][7] Liberia because of administrative reasons, due to Ebola outbreak (initially to play home match in Cameroon).[8] Nigeria versus Mali and Liberia versus Cameroon were to be played in early/mid-May so Nigeria and Cameroon were able to leave earlier for the World Cup.[9][10]

Liberia  Cancelled  Cameroon
Cameroon  Cancelled  Liberia

Cameroon won on walkover.

Egypt  1–1  Ghana
Ahmed Goal 90' (pen.) Report Boakye Goal 26'
Ghana  3–0  Egypt
Boakye Goal 53'
Ayieyam Goal 85'
Addo Goal 88'

Ghana won 4–1 on aggregate.

Ivory Coast  Cancelled  Tunisia
Tunisia  Cancelled  Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast won on walkover.

Zambia  2–1  Zimbabwe
Mubanga Goal 12'
Banda Goal 15'
Report Neshamba Goal 48'
Zimbabwe  1–0  Zambia
Muzongondi Goal 24' Report

2–2 on aggregate. Zimbabwe won on away goals.

Gabon  2–3  South Africa
Mapangou Goal 3' (pen.)
Louise Goal 70'
Report Seoposenwe Goal 26'35'
Mollo Goal 75'
South Africa  5–0  Gabon
Seoposenwe Goal 8'58'
Dlamini Goal 22'
Jane Goal 24'
Mollo Goal 77'

South Africa won 8–2 on aggregate.

Botswana  2–1  Kenya
Tholakele Goal 20'
Keleboge Goal 30'
Report Kinuthia Goal 90+3'
Kenya  1–0  Botswana
Shikobe Goal 90' Report

2–2 on aggregate. Kenya won on away goals.

Nigeria  Cancelled  Mali
Referee: Maniyela Edu Okomo (Equatorial Guinea)
Mali  Cancelled  Nigeria

Nigeria won on walkover.

Congo  0–3  Equatorial Guinea
Report Jumária Goal 6'
Jade Goal 10'19'
Equatorial Guinea  4–0  Congo
Jade Goal ?'?'?'
? Goal ?'

Equatorial Guinea won 7–0 on aggregate.

Third round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cameroon  3–3 (a)  Ghana 1–1 2–2
Ivory Coast  w/o  Zimbabwe 3–0 (awd.)
South Africa  2–0  Kenya 1–0 1–0
Nigeria  2–3  Equatorial Guinea 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.)

Note: Zimbabwe failed to secure the necessary funds to travel for the first leg, and FIFA awarded the match 3–0 to Ivory Coast.[11] It was initially indicated by the CAF that Ivory Coast won the tie and the second leg was cancelled,[12][13] but this was overturned by FIFA. Ivory Coast then failed to show up for the original second leg, but they were not punished, and the second leg was rescheduled.[14][15] Ivory Coast then withdrew from the tie before the rescheduled second leg.[16]

Cameroon  1–1  Ghana
Manie Goal 54' Report Myles Goal 25'
Ghana  2–2  Cameroon
Suleman Goal 15'
Boakye Goal 47'
Report Ngono Mani Goal 44'
Nkada Goal 83'

3–3 on aggregate. Cameroon won on away goals.

Ivory Coast  3–0
Zimbabwe  Cancelled  Ivory Coast

Zimbabwe won on walkover.

South Africa  1–0  Kenya
Ramalepe Goal 75' Report
Kenya  0–1  South Africa
Report Muluadzi Goal 24'

South Africa won 2–0 on aggregate.

Nigeria  1–1  Equatorial Guinea
Ayinde Goal 27' Report Chinasa Goal 62'
Equatorial Guinea  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Nigeria
Chuigoué Goal 86'
Añonma Goal 112'
Report Okobi Goal 12'

Equatorial Guinea won 3–2 on aggregate.

Fourth round

Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cameroon  2–2 (a)  Zimbabwe 2–1 0–1
South Africa  1–0  Equatorial Guinea 0–0 1–0
Cameroon  2–1  Zimbabwe
Ngono Mani Goal 69'81' Report Neshamba Goal 6'
Zimbabwe  1–0  Cameroon
Neshamba Goal 8' Report

2–2 on aggregate. Zimbabwe won on away goals.

South Africa  0–0  Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea  0–1  South Africa
Report Seoposenwe Goal 62'

South Africa won 1–0 on aggregate.

Qualified teams for Olympics

The following two teams from CAF qualified for the Olympic football tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 Zimbabwe 18 October 2015 0 (debut)
 South Africa 18 October 2015 1 (2012)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.


5 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Note: One goal scored by Equatorial Guinea missing goalscorer information.


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  6. ^ "Mali withdraws from Olympic qualifier against Nigeria". Daily Trust. 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Lionesses move to round 3 as Liberia withdraws". CameroonWeb. 30 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Liberia Female Soccer Team withdraw from Brazil Olympics". LBC Online. 30 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Caf shifts Nigeria, Mali women's Olympic qualifier". Goal.com. 14 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Liberia/Cameroon: Cameroon Vs Liberia - Lionesses Begin Training". AllAfrica.com. 17 April 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Zimbabwe sanctioned for Olympic qualifying no-show". FIFA.com. 29 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Attendues à Abidjan ce dimanche, les Guerrières du Zimbabwe se désistent". Fédération Ivoirienne de Football. 18 July 2015. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Mighty Warriors Facing Ban for Failing to Fulfill Olympic Games Qualifier". Voice of America Zimbabwe. 20 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Zimbabwe: Mighty Warriors Squad Named". AllAfrica.com. 13 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Mighty Warriors, Ivory Coast match in doubt". NewsDay. 21 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Ivory Coast women withdraw from Olympic qualifiers". BBC Sport. 21 August 2015.

External links

  • Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, (Women) Qualifiers, CAFonline.com
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