CAF holds draw for inaugural Women’s Champions League group stage

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)

Egyptian side Wadi Degla and Mali’s AS Mande will face off in the opening match of the inaugural Women’s Champions League after the draw for the tournament’s group stage was conducted at CAF headquarters in Egypt.

The twelve times Egyptian champions, who are also the tournament hosts, were placed in Group A alongside AS Mande, champions of the Equatorial Guinea League Malabo King’s FC and Hasaacas Ladies FC of Ghana.

FILE PHOTO: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. /Getty Images

Group B will pit three-time South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Kenyan champions Vihiga Queens, Morocco’s AS FAR and Nigerian champions Rivers Angels.

CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu hailed the draw for the competition as an “historic moment” as the governing body moved to the implementation stage of the tournament.

“Part of our implementation is the Women’s Champions League which we are doing the draw here today,” Adamu told CAF’s media team.

“Now we are here and CAF is actually the second confederation to have a fully-fledged CAF Women’s Champions League. This is great for us.”

Following the draw, Wadi Degla head coach Wael Elsayed said his team’s goal was to win the competition on home soil.

“We started preparing since mid-July. We had a physical program to prepare and added some new players. We will have a closed camp in Ain Sokhna next week to prepare including some friendly games. We will have another closed camp just before the tournament.”

“Our ambition is to win this Champions League especially its the maiden edition played here in Egypt. We want to win the title.”

The Women’s Champions League will take place in the Egyptian capital Cairo from November 5 to 19.