Super Falcons of Nigeria will face Black Queens of Ghana in the first round of qualifiers for the 2022 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The draw for Morocco 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations was conducted on Monday in Cairo by Heba Sarwat, the Senior Manager of Women Football & Futsal at the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
It is one of 22 ties that saw the 44 teams seeded based on geography rather than a ranking system taking into account past results, the latest FIFA rankings or even a mixture of the two.
Nine-time champions Nigeria are currently the top-ranked women’s side in Africa according to FIFA with Ghana at number four.
“I think you always embrace the challenge,” Nigeria’s American coach Randy Waldrum said after the draw.
“Obviously the draw is difficult. We have a lot of respect for Ghana and we know the strength and power of that team, but as far as the pressure of the job and the task at hand, I think that’s something that any competitor truly embraces and you know I think the biggest thing for me is I’m just ready to get to work.”
Aside Morocco who qualified as hosts, the draw saw a record 44 member-associations who will be participating in the qualifying series. The tournament will be the first edition organized under the format of 12 teams.
The tournament will be the first edition organized under the format of 12 teams.
Matches in the first and second legs of the first round fixtures will hold between June 5 and June 15. Also, matches in the first and second legs of the second round fixtures will hold between Oct. 18 and Oct. 29.
Aggregate winners will qualify to join hosts Morocco in the final tournament. Nigeria’s Super Falcons are the most successful team in the tournament with nine titles from the previous 11 editions.