CAF to hold draw for Women’s AFCON qualifiers on May 10

CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 06: Confederation of African Football (CAF) building is seen in Cairo, Egypt on June 06, 2019. It is reported that, President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmed Ahmed was detained in France's capital Paris, over allegation of corruption. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Confederation of African Football announced the draw for the qualifiers of next year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be held on May 10 at CAF headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo.

FILE PHOTO: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) building is seen in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A limited number of people will be allowed to attend the event due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the draw will be closed to members of the media. However, it will be live on CAF digital platforms,” CAF said in a statement on Thursday.

The AWCON, which will be hosted by Morocco, will also serve a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The countries which will reach the semifinals of the AWCON will be guaranteed automatic qualification for the World Cup.

Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament’s history having won 10 titles, and is currently a three-time defending champion.

Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in January this year, Morocco was selected to host the 2022 showpiece.

CAF also announced that it will conduct two separate draws for two other competitions on the same day: African Qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022.