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Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria Qualify for World Cup; in Ecuador Stage is Set for Pivotal Brazil vs. Colombia Match

Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea became the 12th and 13th teams to qualify for the 2011 Women's World Cup after winning in today's African Women's Championship semifinals. In Ecuador, the biggest match of the CONMEBOL qualifiers takes place at the 22,000-capacity Estadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar as Brazil takes on Colombia, two teams currently unbeaten in Group B. This match has huge implications for Colombia. A win sends the team to the second stage and it eliminates Uruguay from the group stage.
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World Cup Qualifiers Update: African Women’s Championship Semifinals; Brazil Loses Player to ACL Tear; and U.S. Prepares for Playoff with Italy

The semifinals for the African Women’s Championship (AWC) are set: Nigeria takes on Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea plays South Africa. The winners of Thursday’s semifinals qualify for the World Cup and advance to the AWC finals on Monday, Nov. 14, at Sinaba Stadium. At the CONMEBOL qualifiers in Ecuador, favorites Brazil and Argentina are unbeaten. Brazil has qualified for every World Cup, Argentina the last two. But Chile, Paraguay, and Colombia look to be legitimate contenders. All five teams are unbeaten heading into Wednesday. Canada capped off its phenomenal run in the CONCACAF qualifiers by beating Mexico, 1-0, on Monday. The U.S., meanwhile, beat Costa Rica, 3-0, to advance to the CONCACAF/UEFA playoff against Italy, which will determine the 16th and final spot in the 2011 World Cup.
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Leah Fortune Update

In the July 2010 issue of Our Game Magazine, we featured 20-year-old American Leah Fortune, who played for the U-20 Brazilian Women's National Team. Fortune has withdrawn from the University of Texas after being called up to the Brazilian Women's National Team to compete at the 2010 Sudamericano Femenino, CONMEBOL's 2011 World Cup qualifiers.