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Wayne Lumbasi

The 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations will be the 12th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations. It is a biennial international football championship organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women’s national teams of Africa. 

At least 12 countries have qualified for this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Morocco. As hosts, Morocco has automatically qualified for the tournament. The tournament doubles as the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. The top four teams at the AWCON will qualify for the World Cup. 

This year’s AWCON edition will feature 12 teams and will commence from 2nd -23rd July.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons became the latest team to qualify for AWCON after beating Côte d’Ivoire’s Lady Elephants 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

Nigeria is the three-time defending champions, having won the tournament in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The 2020 edition, which would have been the first to feature twelve teams, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zambia and Senegal have reached the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations despite both failing to win the second leg of their respective second round play-off ties.

Zambia secured their qualification on away goals following a 1-1 draw against Namibia, while Senegal went through 3-2 on penalties after a 1-0 defeat in Mali.

Senegal had beaten their West African rivals 1-0 in last week’s first leg, but Agueissa Diarra’s 14th-minute goal in Bamako meant the game went to spot kicks.

  The copper queens (Zambia) celebrate after qualifying for the tournament /Courtesy/

Senegal’s women will now appear at the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 2012, and have a chance to emulate the men’s side after the Teranga Lions won their first-ever continental title earlier this month.

The teams that have qualified for the competition are as follows: Morocco, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Burundi, Senegal, Togo, Zambia, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Botswana and South Africa.

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