Sunday, 18 September 2016

AWC: Super Falcons, drawn against Ghana, Mali, Kenya

Super Falcons
The Super Falcons have been drawn
against archrivals, Ghana, as well as
Mali and Kenya in Group B of
the
African Women Championship (AWC)
slated to hold in Cameroun from
November 19 to December 3.
In the draws held yesterday, Nigeria,
which has dominated African women
football, but failed to qualify for the
last two Olympic Games, got a
relatively easy group with Ghana being
the only team of note in Group B.
Hosts, Cameroun, will have to go past
South Africa, Egypt and Zimbabwe to
play in the semifinals, where they will
meet either Nigeria or Ghana in the
semifinals, according to pundits.
Cameroun will kick off the
championship on November 19 with
the opening game against Egypt in
Yaoundé. The other group opponents,
South Africa and Zimbabwe, featured
at the Rio 2016 Olympics and will be
formidable foes for the Lionesses.
Matches of the championship will hold
in Cameroun and Limbe, with the
final set for December 3.
Nigeria has dominated the
championship, winning it nine times
out of 10, with Equatorial Guinea
taking the other one.
This is Kenya’s maiden appearance in
the championship, while Ghana, two-
time finalists, is an old customer to the
Falcons.
Mali’s appearance in the
championship is fortuitous as it
benefitted from Equatorial Guinea’s
expulsion from the competition.
Cameroun 2016 will test Zimbabwe’s
newfound stature as the rising star of
African women football as they face
two of the continents perpetual
semifinalists, Cameroun and South
Africa.