West African powerhouses Senegal and Cameroon made it to the Inter-Continental playoffs of the 2023 World Cup after respective classification victories at the ongoing Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Senegal needed a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Tunisia following a 0-0 draw in nominal time in Casablanca on Sunday, to pick one of the two African slots for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, ten-man Cameroon clinched their place thanks to a first-half strike by captain Ajara Nchout against Botswana at the Stade Prince Moulay Al Hassan in Rabat.
The two nations will join eight other nations from the different continents and after the playoffs, three will join 29 already qualified countries, to sum up to 32.
FIFA’s decision to expand the tournament from 24 to 32 teams from the 2023 edition of the Women’s World Cup resulted in more places for Africa.
Cameroon and Senegal will join Panama, Haiti, Thailand, and Chinese Taipei who have already qualified for the playoffs.
The playoff will be played from 18 to 23 February in New Zealand at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton and Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium.
Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia have already qualified for the finals, having clinched semifinal slots in the WAFCON 2022.