SOUTH Africa's Under-17 women's football team was trounced 5-0 by their Nigerian counterparts in a 2010 Fifa Under-17 Women's World Cup qualifier in Abeokuta this weekend.
The defeat means the South Africans need to score more than five goals at home in two weeks' time without conceding to avoid a playoff with Ghana or Tunisia.
By the look of things they are likely to meet Tunisia in the playoff match. The Tunisians also took a serious pounding from Ghana, who beat them 7-0 yesterday.
Ghana now look set for the finals in Trinidad and Tobago in September.
The winners of the two matches qualify automatically for the finals, while the losers enter into a playoff for Africa's third slot at the tournament.
Nigeria and Ghana have been perennial superpowers of African football and are the only countries to represent Africa at World Cup level.
Bantwana, as the South African team is known, will have to pull off an upset of incredible proportions to topple Nigeria and change this trend.