South Africa and Nigeria's women win Olympic first legs

Nigeria's Desire Oparanozie
Desire Oparanozie scored the second for Nigeria in their 2-0 win over Cameroon in Abuja

South Africa and Nigeria's women are a step closer to qualifying for the 2012 Olympic football tournament.

Former African Women's Football of the Year Noko Matlou scored all three goals for South Africa in their 3-0 win over Ethiopia in Johannesburg

While in Abuja Nigeria dominated against Cameroon but only won 2-1.

Cameroon were given a reprieve in the competition when Equatorial Guinea were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

Perpetua Nkwocha opened the scoring for Nigeria from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute before Desire Oparanozie scored with six minutes left.

In the dying moments of the match, a mix-up in the Nigeria defence allowed Cameroon's Osinachi Ohale to score an all-important away goal.

The second leg has been delayed until 22 October after the two sides agreed on a postponement to allow Cameroon to take part in the upcoming All Africa Games in Mozambique.

The second leg of South Africa's qualifier will be played in Ethiopia on 11 September.

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