CAF postpone Morocco 2022 AWCON Qualifiers
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the Morocco 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is according to a circular from CAF dated 18th May, made available to the ZamFoot Crew.
“The CAF Organizing Committee for Women’s football has decided to postpone the June qualifiers of the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2022.
This move, which is consistent with the decision to postpone men’s FIFA World Cup 2022™ African Qualifiers, is as a result of the constraints posed by the Covid19 pandemic in Africa and also infrastructure challenges in the continent.”
The first round will now take place during the FIFA international window: 18-26 October 2021 and the second round will take place in the FIFA window of 14-23 February 2022.
The Copper Queens were drawn against Malawi in the first round of qualifiers which were expected to be played from June 7-15, 2021.
Meanwhile, The Copper Queens are among 12 teams that have qualified for the Olympics and are the only representatives from Africa. Bruce Mwape’s lasses were drawn in Group F and will face Brazil who is making a seventh appearance at the tournament, Netherlands, and China who will set an Asian record with their sixth participation at the biggest sports festival that kicks off in July.
Coach Bruce Mwape’s lasses are currently in camp preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They started their preparations in November last year when they beat Chile 2-1 before going on to lose 3-1 to South Africa earlier this month.
They went on to beat a local assemblage of Women football stars 4-1 in April after their proposed friendly match against Kenya was canceled.
The Olympics will officially run between 24 July and 9 August 2021, but sporting action kicks off two days before the opening ceremony with preliminary women’s football matches set to light up the occasion for various sports disciplines.
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