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Super Falcons to battle Ghana in AFCON qualifiers as Falconets, Flamingos avoid first round

THE Super Falcons will face their bitter rivals Ghana in the qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, according to the draw.

The two West African heavyweights were pitted against each other in Monday’s draw, meaning one of the continent’s top teams will fail to qualify for the tournament.

Champions Nigeria will battle multiple-times finalists Ghana in one of West Africa Zone B’s first round ties.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons have won the Women’s AFCON nine times, beating Ghana’s Black Queens in three of the finals (1998, 2002 and 2006).

The Super Falcons have won the last three editions of the competition, while Ghana finished third in 2016.

The other first round ties in WAFU Zone B will see Burkina Faso against Benin Republic while Niger Republic battle Cote d’Ivoire.

In WAFU Zone A, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali and Guinea Bissau will face Gambia, Senegal, Guinea and Mauritania respectively
Winners of the first round ties will proceed to the second round where they will play off for places at the tournament.

The first roundtoies will be held between 7 June and 15 June, while the second round is billed for 18 October to 29 October.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s U-17 and U-20 teams will not be involved in the first round of the African qualifiers in the Women’s World Cup age groups.

The Flamingos and the Falconets will join the qualifying campaign in the second round.

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