Copper Queens Drawn Against Malawi in AWCON Qualifier
The Copper Queens have been drawn against the Scorchers of Malawi in the first round of the 2022 CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco.
According the to draw conducted today in Cairo, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bound Copper Queens will be away to Malawi in the first leg before hosting the Scorchers with both ties to be played between June 7-15.
The winner between Zambia and Malawi will play the victor between Namibia and Tanzania in the second round.
Whoever negotiates their way past the two rounds will make it to the Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in Morocco.
The 2022 CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco will double as a qualifying competition for the global tournament.
Draws for the qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup were also done with the Zambia under-17 national team facing Namibia.
Twenty-nine teams will take part in the qualifiers which will determine CAF’s three places in the U-17global women’s event.
The first round includes the 10 less ranked teams and the remaining 19 will be exempted. Ten teams will play the first round to qualify five teams.
This qualifying phase will be contested in the form of four rounds organized in home and away matches.
The under-20 will face Malawi in the FIFA under-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022.
Zambia will be at home in the first leg scheduled for September 23-25 while the second leg will be played in the period October 7-9.
For the senior women Africa will for the first time get four automatic qualifying spots as well as two additional places at the inter-confederation play-off tournament. It is also worth noting that the ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup will feature 32 nations for the first time, as compared to 24 at France 2019.
While the number of qualified nations has been increased, so has the list of teams taking part in the qualifiers. In fact, no fewer than 44 national sides will compete for the right to join Morocco at the continental tournament – 24 more than were present in the 2018 qualifiers. This remarkable rise demonstrates the growing interest in women’s football in Africa and reflects the impact of efforts made by FIFA and CAF to develop the sport.
The next Women’s World Cup marks another step forward, with the guaranteed participation of four African teams and the possibility of two more joining them via the playoffs.
Bruce Mwape’s Copper Queens are currently in camp preparing for the Olympics where they will face Netherlands, Brazil and China.