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2018 AWCON: CAF announces date for draw

By Mutala Yakubu

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says the draw for the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations(AWCON) will be held on October 21, 2018.

CAF released a statement to that effect and stated that it will be held on October 21, 2018, in Accra.

They, therefore, disclosed that media interested in covering the official draw and the tournament can apply through the CAF Media channel between 8th and 26th October 2018.

The tournament will kick start on November 17 and would last till December 1.

The AWCON also doubles as the African qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the top three teams will qualify for the tournament in France.

Ghana is hosting seven other African countries namely: Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, Zambia and Cameroon for the 11th edition of the African Women Championship.

Nigeria are defending champions of the competition. The top three teams are expected to represent Africa at the world stage but if Equatorial Guinea finishes in the top three it means the fourth-placed team will qualify following a ban by FIFA for fielding 10 ineligible players and using forged documents in the qualifying rounds of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

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The eight African sides will know their fate by the 21st of October when the draw is held in Accra.
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