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WAFCON: Senegal, Cameroon qualify for World Cup playoffs

Senegal and Cameroon defeated Tunisia and Botswana respectively tonight at the Morocco 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to advance to the inter-continental play-off tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

All four teams lost in the quarter-finals of WAFCON last week, but had another opportunity tonight to secure places in the play-off tournament billed for New Zealand next February.

Senegal and Tunisia faced off first in the repechage tonight in Casablanca, with the West Africans winning on penalties.

Full-time of the tense encounter ended 0-0 and the game went straight to a penalty shootout, which Senegal won 4-2.

In the second fixture later in Rabat, Cameroon beat WAFCON first-timers Botswana 1-0 to keep their chances of a second straight World Cup qualification alive.

The impressive Ajara Njoya scored the only goal of the game in the first half as the Indomitable Lionesses, who had lost in the quarter-finals to Nigeria, took almost total control.

Cameroon however finished the game with 10 players after a late red card was issued to substitute Fadimatou Aretouyap for a stamp with six minutes left.

Senegal and Cameroon will fight for the three available World Cup slots at the 10-nation play-off tournament against teams from other confederations.

The African pair join Taiwan, Thailand, Haiti and Panama, who have also qualified for the play-off tournament.

WAFCON semi-finalists Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco and Zambia have already qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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