- CAF qualifying competitors draw for #FIFAWWC 2023 passed off on 10 May
- Qualifiers will double up because the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Morocco 2022
- Derbies and massive matches aplenty within the first spherical
Africa’s journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ started within the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Monday 10 May with the draw for the qualifying rounds of the CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Morocco 2022, which doubles up because the continent’s qualifiers for the World Cup.
It is bound to be an thrilling event too. The first spherical options nothing however derbies, with the varied groups being grouped collectively of their respective areas: CECAFA (east and central Africa), COSAFA (southern Africa), UNAF (north Africa), WAFU (west Africa), and UNIFFAC (central Africa). Those opening-day fixtures embody conferences between Egypt and Tunisia within the north, Uganda and Ethiopia within the east, Mali and Guinea within the west, and South Africa and Mozambique within the south.
“We know Mozambique well because we play them a lot in the COSAFA Cup,” mentioned South Africa coach Desiree Ellis. “They’re a physical side and they play attractive football. It doesn’t matter who you come up against; you can’t underestimate anyone. It’s a two-legged tie so things can happen pretty fast. If you don’t take the opposition seriously, it could cost you dear. Women’s football is developing everywhere and teams are getting better, which means we need to raise our game.”
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Among the primary-spherical derbies are some real heavyweight clashes, with Nigeria and Ghana thrown collectively in a mouth-watering tie. Having made eight and three Women’s World Cup appearances respectively, the 2 nations have represented Africa extra occasions on the competitors than every other nation.
“It’s a tough draw for sure,” commented Nigeria’s American coach Randy Waldrum. “We have a variety of respect for Ghana. We know their strengths and qualities. No matter how troublesome the duty and the way nice the strain, although, each participant has to be up for it. I’m prepared to get down to work and put together for the problem forward.”
“When you come up against a team of that calibre, you just want to work even harder,” mentioned Ghana boss Mercy Tagoe. “We respect one another however we all know we’re going to have to put in a much bigger shift than typical towards them. It’s good to know what we’re up towards now. We can get to work with that purpose in thoughts.”
Nigeria are the reigning champions and South Africa are onerous on their heels. We’ve fallen away just lately however we’re on the way in which again, prepared to get again to our greatest.
The winners of the primary-spherical ties (to be performed over two legs, dwelling and away) will undergo to one other knockout spherical that follows the identical format. The winners from that second spherical will then advance to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations finals, to be held in Morocco in 2022.
Having certified for these finals because the host nation, the Moroccans have their sights set on a debut Women’s World Cup look. The nationwide soccer affiliation has signalled its intent by giving Reynald Pedros, The Best FIFA Women’s Coach for 2018, the duty of creating that dream a actuality.
“We’ll be following the opening rounds very closely, not least the teams who regularly dominate the women’s scene here in Africa,” said the French coach. “We’ll wait and see what happens in the qualifying rounds and take it from there. We’ll be paying close attention and we’ve got respect for everyone too. We want to be one of the best women’s teams in Africa and if we’re going to achieve that goal we can’t leave anything to chance.”
Pedros added: “We can’t get ahead of ourselves. Our first goal is the Africa Cup of Nations. Being the hosts means we don’t have to go through the qualifiers. It’s fantastic that Morocco is staging the event and it goes without saying that we’ll be in it to win it. We’ll prepare hard and we know that if we can make it to the semi-finals, we’ll be going to the World Cup, which will be amazing. Morocco have never done that before, but we can’t afford to get ahead of ourselves.”