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Africa Maps Out Path To Third Women’s Champions League

Fatima Tagnaout of Asfar celebrates goal during 2022 CAF Women's Champions League match between Asfar and Green Buffaloes held at Prince Moulay El Hassan Stadium in Rabat, Morocco on 2 November 2022 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

The road to the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League will commence on August 5 when the West African Zona A (WAFU-A) Zonal Qualifiers for the tournament kicks off in Liberia.

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) conducted the draw for the Zonal Qualifiers for four zones on Wednesday which will set the pace for the third edition of CAF Women’s Champions League later this year.

The WAFU-A Zonal Qualifiers will see four teams, Determine Girls (Liberia), Dakar Sacre Soeur (Senegal), AS Mande (Mali), and Mogwemo Queens (Sierra Leone) face off in a round robin Qualifiers to determine the zonal champions on August 13.

In WAFU-B Zone, Nigerian champions, Delta Queens will play USFA (Burkina Faso), Atletico D’Abidjan (Ivory Coast), and Sam Nelly FC (Benin Republic) in Group B while Ampem Darkoa (Ghana), AS Garde Nationale (Niger Republic), and Academic Amis Du Monde FC (Togo) in Group B when the zonal qualifiers get underway in Nigeria between 18 – 31 August.

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UNAF (North Africa) zone like WAFU-A will also see four teams, Afak Relizane (Algeria), Sporting Club Casablanca (Morocco), Wadi Degla (Egypt), and Association Sportive Femenine Sousse (Tunisia) trade tackles in a round robin qualifiers.

The draw for COSAFA (Southern Africa) and UNIFFAC (Central Africa) Zonal Qualifiers will be done at a later date.

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CECAFA (East Africa) region will see Kampala Queens (Uganda), Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (Ethiopia), FAD FC (Djibouti), BUSA Queens (Burundi), and Yei Joint Stars (South Sudan) square up in Group A.

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Group B of CECAFA Zonal Qualifiers for the 2023 CAF Women's Champions League houses JKT Queens (Tanzania), Vihiga Queens (Kenya), AS Kigali (Rwanda), and New Generation FC (Zanzibar).

The champions of each zonal qualifiers from WAFU-A, WAFU-B, CECAFA, UNAF, COSAFA, and UNIFFAC will join holders, ASFAR FC of Morocco in the main tournament which will be hosted by Ivory Coast to test run facilities ahead of next year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

WAFU-A Zonal Qualifiers Draw 2023 CAF Women's Champions League

Group A

Determine Girls (Liberia)

Dakar Sacre Soeur (Senegal)

AS Mande (Mali)

Mogwemo Queens (Sierra Leone)

WAFU-B Zonal Qualifiers 2023 CAF Women's Champions League

Group A

Delta Queens FC (Nigeria)

USFA (Burkina Faso)

Atletico D'Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Sam Nelly FC (Benin Republic)

Group B

Ampem Darkoa (Ghana)

AS Garde Nationale (Niger Republic)

Academic Amis Du Monde (Togo)

UNAF (North Africa) Zonal Qualifiers Draw 2023 CAF Women's Champion League

Group A

Afak Relizane (Algeria)

Sporting Club Casablanca (Morocco)

Wadi Degla (Egypt)

Association Sportive Femenine Souse (Tunisia)

CECAFA Zonal Qualifiers for 2023 CAF Women's Champions League

Group A

Kampala Queens (Uganda)

CBE (Ethiopia)

FAD FC (Djibouti)

BUSA Queens (Burundi)

Yei Joint Stars (South Sudan)

Group B

JKT Queens (Tanzania)

Vihiga Queens (Kenya)

AS Kigali (Rwanda)

New Generation (Zanzibar)

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