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Women’s Football: Liberia paired with Senegal, 2022 AWCON Qualifiers

 

 

Liberia Women’s national team will face Senegal in the First Round of the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON). Both teams were paired during the draw for the qualification series of the competition that was held at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo, Egypt. The first and second legs will be played between June 7-15, 2021. The female Lone Stars will host Senegal at home in the first leg before traveling to Dakar, Senegal for the second leg. The aggregate winner will face the aggregate winner between Mali and Guinea in the Second Round that will be played between 18-19 October, 2021.

Both Liberia and Senegal last faced off on March 4, 2020, in the semifinals of the WAFU “A” Women’s Football Tournament in Bo, Sierra Leone when Liberia lost 2-1. A total of 44 teams, including Liberia, will participate in the qualifiers. Eleven teams will qualify for the final tournament to join hosts Morocco.

It will be the first edition organized under the format of 12 teams. The 2022 AWCON, officially known as the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, will be the 12th edition. The biennial international football championship is organized by CAF for the women’s national teams of Africa. The tournament also doubles as the African qualifiers to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top four teams will qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, and two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation playoffs.

U-17 Women’s World Cup African Qualifiers: Liberia vs. Guinea

The draw for the African qualifiers of the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup, India 2022 was also held on Monday. During the draw, Liberia U-17 were paired against their neighbors, Guinea in the preliminaries. Liberia will host Guinea in the first-leg of the second-round between March 3-5, 2022, and later travel to Guinea for the second leg March 17-19, 2022. The aggregate winner will progress to the third-round to face top-ranked Ghana. In the last edition of the qualifiers that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberia edged out Niger U-17 9-0 on aggregate in the preliminaries and were later kicked out by Ghana 10-0 on aggregate. Twenty-nine teams will take part in the qualifiers which will determine CAF’s three places in the U-17 global women’s event.

This qualifying phase, according to CAF, will be contested in the form of four rounds organized in home and away matches. For the U-20 women’s world cup qualifiers, Liberia did not form part as the football association has opted to participate as its focus is now switched to forming a new U-20 team due to the ages of the current breed of U-20 players. A majority of the current U-20 players will not be eligible for the tournament as per the age requirements. Anthony Kokoi/liberianobserver.com

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