WAFU-B qualifiers kicks-off Sunday in Benin as Niger no-show affects draws

The West Africa Football Union B (WAFU-B) Qualifiers for this year’s CAF Women’s Champions League, has been reshuffled following a fresh draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin on Friday.

The fresh draws arrangement was occasioned by the withdrawal of AS Garde National of Niger, following the political crisis in their country.

The representatives of Six teams from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, and Cote d’Ivoire were on ground during the draws ceremony and are expected to participate in this year’s qualifiers.

At the new draw, three teams in two groups were paired against each other for the coveted sole ticket available to the zone.

The new arrangement has seen the participating teams grouped into two distinct groups, each consisting of three teams. Only the top two teams of each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Nigeria’s champions, the Asaba-based Delta Queens are in Group A alongside USFA of Burkina Faso and Sam Nelly FC of Benin Republic,while Group B has the trio of Ampem Darkoa of Ghana, Atletico of Cote D’Ivoire, and Friends of the World FC of Togo.

The West African soccer fiesta, scheduled to hold at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for over two weeks, is billed to commence from August 20 to September 2, 2023.

Addressing Sports journalists shortly after the press conference, the WAFU B Director of Competition, Bailley Sergei, said that the new draw was aimed at meeting CAF requirements of three teams in a group.

He disclosed that draws for the qualifiers were earlier conducted in Morocco before the withdrawal of the Nigerien side.

The Nigeria’s representatives Delta Queens have been paired against USFA of Burkina in the opening match on Sunday. Kick off time is 3pm while AMPEM VS AMIS DU MONDE match takes center stage at 6pm at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium same day.

Fixtures:
DELTA QUEENS VS USFA
(SAM NELLY EXEMPTÉ )
20/08/2023 15H00 BENIN CITY S
M2 GR B AMPEM VS AMIS DU MONDE
(ATHLETICO EXEMPTÉ )
20/08/2023 18H00 BENIN CITY .S
REPOS REPOS 21/08/2023
M3 GR A USFA VS SAM NELLY
(DELTA QUEENS EXEMPTE)
22/08/2023 15 H00 BENIN CITY .S
M4 GR B AMIS DU MONDE VS ATHLETICO FC
(AMPEM EXEMPTÉ )
18H00 BENIN CITY .S
REPOS REPOS 23/-24 08/2023
M5 GR B ATHLETICO FC VS AMPEM 2508/2023 15H00 BENIN CITY .S
M6 GR A SAM NELLY VS DELTA QUEENS 25/08/2023 18H00 BENIN CITY.S
REPOS REPOS 26-27 /08/2023
M7 1ere DEMI -FINALE 28/08/2023 15H00 BENIN CITY.S
M8 2eme DEMI-FINALE 28/08/2023 18H30 BENIN CITY .S
REPOS REPOS 29-30/08/2023
M9 CLASSEMENT 31/08/2023 15H00 BENIN CITY.S
M10 FINALE 3

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