5 important facts are to be retained as the qualifiers are set to kickoff in April 2020.
The Host still unknown
The host nation for the upcoming competition is still to be determined. The Republic of the Congo were named as the hosts in September 2018 but withdrew as hosts in July 2019. Ghana hosted the previous edition in 2018 won by powerhouse Nigeria.
The Key dates
According to the Confederation of African Football (Caf), the first round games will take place in April 2020, with the first and second leg ties coming between April 6 and 14.
The final competition will take place from the 28th of November to the 12th of December 2020.
Africa’s Top 8 handed byes into the second round
Africa’s top Eight nations in women football have been handed byes into the second round; defending champions Nigeria along with Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire will enter into the second round of the competition.
FIRST ROUND FIXTURES
The first round fixtures will see teams paired from the same regions.
Zambia vs Mozambique
Malawi vs Eswatini
Zimbabwe vs Mauritius
Namibia vs Botswana
Gabon vs Central Africa
Angola vs Congo
DR Congo vs Sao Tome and Principe
Tanzania vs Kenya
Burundi vs Uganda
Ethiopia vs Djibouti
Liberia vs Senegal
Gambia vs Guinea Bissau
Togo vs Niger
Algeria vs Burkina Faso
An increase in the number of Participating Teams
Eleven (11) winners of the second round will seal automatic qualification for the 12-team final tournament scheduled between November 23 to December 1, 2020. A record entry for the qualifying tournament with a total of 36 women’s national teams (as compared to 25 in previous edition) to enter the fray for the 2020 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons are ranked 38th in the World and remain Africa’s Best emerging 11 times champions (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Women Bundesliga Championship to Begin on May 29
After the Men’s Bundesliga returned to action in Germany last week, the women’s top flight championship has been program to resume on Friday 29 May across the country.
The league will restart on Match day 17 as defending champions Wolfsburg FC will take on FC Koln, while seven-time winners 1. FFC Frankfurt face FC Sand.
There are six match days still to be played, plus a further two rearranged games. Wolfsburg lead the way heading into the end of the campaign on 46 points, eight ahead of their closest pursuers, leaving them well placed to secure a fourth consecutive league title and sixth overall.
Matters are considerably tighten in the race for the Champions League berths, with just a single point separating Bayern and Hoffenheim ahead of their head-to-head encounter on Saturday May 30.
At the opposite end of the table, safety is very much within FC Koln’s reach. Sascha Glass’s side are just two points adrift of a non-relegation spot but still have two delay games.
The women’s league is not the only competition set to resume, as the Women’s DFB Cup will also start. The quarterfinal fixtures have been scheduled for June 2 and 3.
The semi-finals are to take place on June 10 and 11, with the final in Cologne on July 4. As the federal government has decreed that mass events are forbidden until at least August 31, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the final will also be held behind closed doors.
COVID-19 Effects: Ghana’s Female Footballers Face Tough Challenges
The chairperson of the Ghana women’s Premier League committee, Madam Hillary Boaten has complained about the negative effects of COVID-19 as many female footballers seem vulnerable.
Football activities in Ghana were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country as Ghana clocks close to 6000 cases of COVID-19.
The chairperson made it clear that the female clubs have not put themselves in a position that will enable them start their league.
She also stressed on the fact that female footballers in her league lack basic equipment to perform self training as this will go a long way to affect the future of female footballers.
“I felt so sad when I was told one of my girls has been impregnated during the lockdown period a player with very good promise and its so worrying. I will plead with my female footballers not to allow themselves to be used and dump” she told Adom FM’s Alex Kobina Stonne.
Madame Boeteng also lamented on the ability of the female clubs to maintain the safety protocols even if the government lifts the ban on public gathering.
” Even if we decide to play under closed doors, how can the women’s league committee raise money for clubs especially when players are not allowed to even train on their own”, she concluded.
June 30th has been set for football resumption in Ghana but the GFA is still in talks with the government to see how the set date might be possible.
Profile: Dr. Mahmoud Saad Mastermind of Football Future in Egypt
Many followers of Egyptian football events may not recognize the name of the man
He is Dr. Mahmoud Saad, the former star of the Cairo giant, Zamalek SC, player and coach
Currently the Technical Director of Egyptian Football Association (EFA) , who has a specific mission… Which is to plan and build the future of Egyptian football, represented in junior age competitions and the creation of a valid system for picking talents in young age to be sponsored in the optimum way
So Dr. Saad did not lose time, from day one inside EFA, he worked on improving all elements of the game, starting with the coaches ..
Dr. Saad, who is the international lecturer at CAF, has many professional training courses to qualify the largest number of Egyptian trainers, and teach them the latest international training curriculams , and emphasize the transfer of the newest experiences to Egyptian coaches ..
The thing that resulted in the domination of knowledge and experience on all coaches of competitions of football leagues in Egypt at different levels.
It also was a direct reason for seeking the expertise of Egyptian coaches in many neighbor countries in Africa or in the Arab Gulf region .. The number that exceeded 250 Egyptian coaches working Currently abroad
As for the second element of the game, which is the players themselves .. Dr. Mahmoud Saad and his team had integrative plans for all the Egyptian junior national teams starting from the Egyptian U23 team Winners of AFCON U23 in the last version 2019 .. And until this year EFA started forming national teams that included young talents from 8 years up to 20 years
The Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports also relied on Dr. Saad in the implementation of its ambitious project, which was launched by the Egyptian Presidential Foundation itself, which aims to reach the number 1000 professional players abroad, and this is an affirmation of the Ministry’s confidence in the planning of the EFA technical director and also in support of the already existing plans that started to gain victories under the leadership of Dr. Mahmoud Saad
Likewise, on the level of women’s football, which is the obvious weakness of Egyptian football .. Dr. Saad planned in both short and long terms to improve the game in Egypt and expand the base of practice .. The last of which was to import the Norwegian experience from Europe through intensive courses for Egyptian coaches to transfer experiences to Egyptian competitions of various ages and levels.
That was our documentary for the unknown hero of EFA, who is Mastermind for the plans and future of Egyptian football, Dr. Mahmoud Saad
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