By Samuel Ahmadu
The West African Football Union has agreed on the date and venue for the WAFU B qualifiers for the Caf Women’s Champions League qualifiers, SavidNews can exclusively report.
The West African regional’s football body has picked Abidjan as the hosts for the second edition of the women’s club championship after a successful inaugural event in July last year.
The 2022 edition of the zonal women’s club competition will be played from August 13 to 27 and will serve as the qualifying tournament for the Caf Women’s Champions League finals later this year.
Seven countries are due to be represented in the zonal qualifiers, including hosts Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin Republic, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
With the failure of Rivers Angels and Hassacas Ladies to win the inaugural finals in Egypt last November, the WAFU B zone will only produce one representative for this year’s finals.
So far, Nigeria has confirmed Bayelsa Queens as their representative after their triumph at the just concluded NWFL Super Six in Benin City.
Elsewhere, Ghana will be represented by Ampem Darkoa Ladies as the country’s sole representative, having reclaimed the Ghana Women’s Premier League title, pipping holders Hassacas Ladies.
Meanwhile, concerns have been raised in Nigeria and Ghana as both countries represent Africa at the U20 Women’s World Cup holding from August 10-28, which coincides with the WAFU-B qualifiers.
Ghana champions Ampem Darkoa Ladies and Nigeria winners Bayelsa Queens will missed some of their key players and officials respectively to the U20 women’s tournament in Costa Rica.