Next year’s TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco has finalized its list of participants after an intense last round of qualifiers on Tuesday.
The competition boasts a formidable lineup, with nine-time champions Nigeria and hosts Morocco leading the way. Other prominent teams include reigning title holders South Africa, Ghana returning after a six-year absence, and North African powers Algeria and Tunisia, among others.
DR Congo, absent since 2012, has secured a spot, joined by Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, and Botswana as the confirmed qualifiers for the Morocco 2024 finals. Notably, two-time winners Equatorial Guinea and four-time finalists Cameroon faced elimination during the qualifying stages.
The 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final between Morocco and South Africa set a new attendance record with 50,000 fans, and the upcoming edition promises excitement with ambitious teams and renowned players.
Looking at the qualifiers, South Africa aims to replicate its successful title defense in 2022, displaying resilience in a 2-0 victory over Burkina Faso.
Algeria secured their return with a 1-0 win over Burundi, while DR Congo secured their place with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Equatorial Guinea. Botswana qualified by defeating Kenya 1-0, Nigeria and Zambia also qualified with convincing aggregate scores.
With Morocco hosting, the focus now shifts to the draw, with anticipation building for the competition next year. Morocco is eager to secure their maiden WAFCON title at the fifth attempt in July, aiming to boost women’s football in the region.
Qualified Nations: Morocco (Hosts) Algeria, Botswana, DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia