Indeed, what better time for this showpiece than now when women’s football is getting the attention of many.
Without doubt, the Super Falcons of Nigeria are the favourites to defend the title they won in Ghana in 2018.
Even more, South Africa, the runners up have continued to make steady progress. The Banyana Banyana, as they are known, will be desperate to usurp the reigning champions. Interestingly, they have been drawn in Group C.
It is important to note that the AWCON will witness 12 participants for the first time ever, making for more excitement. The four semi-finalists will also qualify directly for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Some outstanding names like Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala, Rashidat Ajibade and fellow Atletico Madrid teammate Thembi Kgatlana will be expected to dazzle.
Preview Of AWCON Matchday 1
The hosts, Morocco will take on tournament debutants, Burkina Faso tomorrow night.
Senegal faces off against Uganda in the second encounter from Group A. Both teams will be making only their second appearances at the Africa Women Cup of Nations.
2018 bronze medalists, Cameroon will be optimistic of progressing from Group B, beginning with the opener against Zambia. Inter Milan’s Nchout Ajara will fancy her chances against this relatively inexperienced side.
Tunisia and Togo will slug it out in the second match of group B on Sunday. In theory, both teams will have their eyes on qualifying either as runners up or the third-best losers.
On Monday night, it would be time for the biggest encounter of the group stage. Nigeria will go head-to-head against South Africa in what is a repeat of the 2018 final. In fact, both teams were also drawn in the group. A 10th title will be on the cards for the Falcons while Desiree Ellis’s women will be hopeful for a first.
Debutants, Burundi and Botswana will square up in the final match of matchday 1.
Predictions For AWCON Matchday 1
Morocco vs Burkina Faso (1)
Senegal vs Uganda (over 1.5 goals)
Cameroon vs Zambia (1)
Tunisia vs Togo (under 3.5 goals)
Nigeria vs South Africa (goal/goal)
Burundi vs Botswana (2)