Women’s AFCON 2022 qualifiers to begin in October

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CAPE COAST, GHANA - NOVEMBER 24: The Nigeria team celebrate victory during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations match between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria on November 24, 2018 in Cape Coast, Ghana. (Photo by Samuel Ahmadu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) will begin with the first legs of the first round being played on October 20.

20 qualifiers will be played on the day with two others yet to have their dates and venues confirmed. Those two fixtures are Sao Tome e Principe vs.Togo and Central African Republic vs. Cameroon.

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria celebrates victory during the 2018 TOTAL African Women’s Cup of Nations match between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria in Cape Coast, Ghana. /Getty Images

Other matches will see three-time defending champions Nigeria taking on Ghana, Egypt facing Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea playing DR Congo and Uganda facing Ethiopia.

The return legs will take place between October 23 and 26. The second round of qualifiers, meanwhile, are scheduled to take place between February 14-23 next year.

The 2022 AWCON will take place in Morocco between July 2-23 and will double up as the African qualifiers for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The top four teams will qualify for the World Cup, and two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation playoffs.

The AWCON had been scheduled to be held in 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was supposed to be the first edition to feature 12 teams.

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