By Harry Awurumibe, Lagos Bureau Head
As the Confederation of African Football (CAF) holds the draw for the 12th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations slated for Yaounde, Cameroon this weekend, Nigeria may head Group B just as Cameroon has already been drawn in Group A.
The draw for the final tournament will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2016 in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.
Eight countries including host, Cameroon and defending champions, Nigeria will be drawn into two groups of four with Group A playing in 39, 000 capacity Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde while Group B will play in the 20, 000 capacity Stade Municipal de Limbe. The top two teams of each group will advance to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, in a determined effort to prepare the only team that will represent the East Africa Sub-regional football body in the African women’s football summit in Cameroon, CECAFA is organizing an eight team football tournament in Uganda. The competition started over the weekend.
In the first match, Tanzania came out tops over rivals Rwanda with a 3-2 win in their Group B opener on Monday at the ongoing CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup in Jinja, Uganda.
Striker Asha Rashid opened the scores for Tanzania as early as the fourth minute. The Kilimanjaro Queens maintained their dominance and Stumai Abdalla netted the second goal in the 32nd minute.
Just before the break, Anne Marie Ibangarye reduced the deficit for She-Amavubi before an own goal by Anastazia Anton saw them even the scores at the interval.
In a balanced second half, it was the Kili Queens who had the last laugh with Rashid’s 76th minute strike proving decisive.
Qualified teams for the championship in Cameroon are: Cameroon (hosts), Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mali.
Mali replaced Equatorial Guinea after they were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player