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Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers: 5 Essential Things to Know as Qualifiers Kickoff in 2020

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Draws of the first round qualifiers of the African Women Cup of Nations AWCON 2020 have been cast with kickoff for April 2020.

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)

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U20 Indomitable Lionesses intensify training ahead of World Cup Qualifier Clash against Liberia

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Cameroon’s Under 20 girls team have been in camp since February 07, 2020 at the FECAFOOT Technical in Odza.

This camp is part of preparation for their Under 20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers games against Liberia. The Lionesses will face Liberia in the first leg qualifiers game in March. The first week of the camp is aimed at improving the team’s technical and physical capacity (endurance, strength, aerobic, bodybuilding) and the exercise will continue until February 21, 2020.

The girls of coach Charles Kamdem will be assessed on many technical aspects of the game. An evaluation match for this first camp is planned for Thursday 20th February 2020 against the U17 of AS Fortuna Academy of Mfou; game to be played 6:30am at the Fecafoot technical centre, Odza

List of players in camp

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Ashtown Ladies FC set to redeem image in a derby clash

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One of the oldest Female teams in Ghana, Ashtown Ladies FC will reckon horns with City rivals Fabulous Ladies FC.

The Reds having lost their opener in the 2019/20 National Women’s League, will be hoping to redeem image in a regional derby when they come up against Fabulous Ladies at the Paa Joe Park.

The encounter is slated for Sunday, January 26, 2020 at exactly 3pm.

Ashtown Ladies FC after losing 5-0 to tough opponent Ampem Darkoa Ladies last week, have restructured the playing body to spell doom on Fabulous Ladies FC.

The clash which goes down to be one of the oldest rivalries in the Women’s Division, will be difficult for both clubs.

Ashtown Ladies despite playing at home in their second league fixture will not have it with ease, since Fabulous Ladies are also keen on recording first win of the season.

Fabulous Ladies prior to this game, lost at home to Pearl Pia Ladies.

Ashtown Ladies, playing at home has sight set on beating Fabulous Ladies to bounce back to winning ways.

Regardless of the poor start for Ashtown Ladies, old time rivalry will rekindle with both teams. The home team will be hoping to prove superiority over the visiting team but that not withstanding, it is also an opportunity for Fabulous Ladies to also get back to winning ways.

A very tough game and a rivalry match indeed.

Game kick-off is exactly 3pm local time in Ghanaô

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New date set for 2020 WAFU Women’s Cup of Nations

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The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has announced 25 February-7 March 2020 as the date to host the much awaited West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Women’s Cup which was postponed last year.

Bo and Makeni, the second and third largest cities in Sierra Leone, have been confirmed by the SLFA as the two venues for the competition. Both cities boast of stadia with seating capacities of 10,000 and 25,000 spectators respectively.

Eleven other nations will travel to Sierra Leone to compete for the championship.

The tournament was initially scheduled for 13-22 December 2019, but was postponed by WAFU “due to logistical concerns”.

And, as part of the build up to the competition Liberia Women’s Team drew 2-2 with their Sierra Leone counterparts in Makeni in a tournament during the festive month of December.

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