The women’s CAN started on Saturday in Morocco. At the end of the 28 matches, four teams will qualify for the next World Cup.
The Atlas Lioness launched her competition perfectly! They beat Burkina Faso in the opening match at Complexe Moulaye Adellah in Rabat (1-0) on Saturday.
A magnificent free kick converted by Moroccan captain Ghizlane Chebbak was enough to secure the three points that the daughters of Reynal Pedros – French coach winner of two European Champions League with Lyon in 2018 and 2019 – needed. A performance that shows the ambitions of Moroccans in this competition.
Sunday confirmed the refreshing start to the competition. Senegal won well (2-0) against Uganda, a first for the Lionesses in the competition. Their previous and first participation in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations dates back to… 2012.
Tunisia also recorded its first win in two WAFCON appearances on Sunday. The Carthages Eagles took the lead in group B. 17 seconds were enough for Tunisian Mariem Houij to score against Togo. The striker scored twice as did her teammate Sabrine Ellouzi. Final score 4-1 for Tunisia.
For the Indomitable Lionesses, it was a disappointing day. They were held in check by Zambia (0-0). Nchout Njoya Ajara and the Cameroonian team could not take advantage of the absence of the extraordinary Zambian striker Barbara Banda. She missed the opening match for medical reasons.
The third and final group will appear for the first time in the competition today, Monday July 4th. The group includes the last two WAFCON finalists.
Defending champions Nigeria will face South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, whom they beat on penalties in 2018 in Ghana.
There was a 150% increase in prize money from $200,000 to $500,000 for the winning team. The total price drops from $975,000 to $2.4 million.