By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
Six CAF zones will organise qualifications to determine the eight finalists for the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League which will take place in 2021, CAF has confirmed.
The decision was taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday. This means that finalists from zonal qualifications will play the eight-team tournament.
The first edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League will see the host regional federation of the host country have two representatives, but the following editions will see host countries with one representative while the reigning champion’s regional federation will have two representatives.
The eight qualified Clubs will be drawn into two groups of four teams each in accordance with the regulations. The competition will be annual and take place during the second semester of the calendar.
Women’s football stakeholders including players have welcomed the CAF Women’s Champions League initiative with the following comments during a virtual meeting with CAF on Wednesday:
Asisat Oshoala: “I am very happy to be part of this initiative and I hope that everything will fall into place. I’m pretty sure at the end of the day we’ll all be happy. After a year, we can say that we have moved forward and in two years we can take it to a higher level.”
Onome Ebi: “The Women’s Champions League is something we have been talking about for long. I’m glad it is gradually becoming a reality.”
Ajara Njoya: “Women’s football in Africa has just been reborn thanks to these efforts by CAF. It is our duty to support this great initiative and I think that strategy will really aid the development of the game on our continent.”
Gaelle Enganamouit: “The Women’s Football Strategy is going to be a huge step for the future of women’s football. We all have to embrace and support it.”
Janine Van Wyk: “I feel honoured and privileged to be part of this meeting. Individually, it is difficult to do much, but together we can do a lot. We have so much talent in our countries and we have to expose them to the world.”
Sarah Essam: “It’s great to know that the future of African women’s football is in good hands and everyone is involved. I am very optimistic about this strategy.”
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