On Friday, the Super Falcons of Nigeria will discover the teams that they will go against in the preliminary stages of the upcoming TotalEnergies 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), to be played in Morocco.
The defending champions, who won the last AWCON hosted by Ghana in 2018, have been seeded with the hosts and the Black Queens of Cameroon ahead of the anticipated AWCON draws billed for the Mohammed VI Sports Complex in Rabat, Morocco.
Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Morocco (hosts), Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia are the dozen teams that qualified for the biggest female football tournament on the continent.
The procedure for the draw is as follows:
The seeded teams for the competition are hosts Morocco, Cameroon, the next best-ranked team and Nigeria, the current holders. They are classified such that Morocco is seeded A1, Cameroon B1 and Nigeria C1.
The other pot, tagged Pot 1, will contain nine balls representing the other teams. Teams, whose balls are picked from this pot during the draw, will be grouped with either of Morocco, Cameroon or Nigeria. The Pot 1 teams are Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Burundi, Tunisia, Senegal, Botswana, Burkina Faso and South Africa
The first ball from Pot 1 will go to group A1 (Morocco), the second ball will go to group B1 (Cameroon) and the third ball will go to group C1 (Nigeria). This procedure will be repeated three times until all 12 teams at the competition have been drawn.
That will set the stage for the preliminary rounds of the 14th edition of AWCON, which will hold from July 2 to 23 this year.