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WAFCON quarter-final losers take another shot at World Cup tickets

The four teams that lost in the quarter-finals of the Morocco 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be in action tonight as they get another chance of securing tickets to the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

All four semi-finalists from WAFCON — Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa and Zambia — have automatically qualified for the World Cup, but there are still two more spots open to the continent.

Botswana, Cameroon, Senegal and Tunisia are still in with a chance to represent Africa at the 2023 World Cup through the inter-continental play-off tournament in New Zealand next February.

In 2019, FIFA announced the expansion of the Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 teams for the 2023 edition to promote the growth of the women’s game.

Apart from the teams qualifying automatically through their respective confederations, the inter-confederation playoffs provide three more places.

Africa has two spots in the 10-team competition which will be held from February 18 to February 23 at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton and North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Botswana, who finished third in Nigeria’s WAFCON group to reach the quarter-finals as one of the best losers, will face Cameroon, who lost to the Super Falcons in the quarter-finals, from 9pm tonight in Rabat.

Before then, Senegal, quarter-final losers to Zambia, and Tunisia, who were beaten by South Africa, will clash in Casablanca tonight from 6pm.

The winners of the two repechage matches will proceed to represent Africa in the play-off tournament, with hopes alive of still making their way to the World Cup in July next year.

Incidentally, of all four, only Cameroon have attended the Women’s World Cup before.

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