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What next for women's football?
« on: September 19, 2007, 07:46:44 PM »
The women's world cup has not been a great competition for Africa.

The continent's two representatives, Nigeria and Ghana, are both heading home after failing to make it out of the group stages.

Nigeria earned a solitary point from a very difficult group, whilst Ghana suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Australia and 4-0 drubbing by Canada.

This has been the fifth edition of the women's world cup, and an African side has only got out of the group stages once - when the Super Falcons lost to Brazil in the quarter finals in 1999.

So what can be done to improve the standard of women's football in Africa?

As his side prepared to leave China, the Nigerian coach Ntiero Effiom called for help from both the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and from football's world governing body, Fifa.

He wants more than two African countries to be allowed to compete at the world cup, and he wants a continent-wide women's club competition to match the Champions League or the Confederation Cup.

Would that be enough?

We want your views on what can be done to improve the women's game within Africa.

You can email us using the form on the right, and some of your comments may be published on this site.

If you'd like to include your phone number we might give you a call on Friday at 1600 GMT, when the future of women's football on the continent takes centre stage on Fast Track, the BBC's African sports programme.

And when the programme is on the air you can text your views on +44 77 86 20 20 08.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/7003390.stm