CAF expands AWCON to 12 teams

David GOMBE

The Confederation of African Football’s executive committee has approved the proposal to expand the Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament from eight teams to 12 teams.

The development was confirmed on Wednesday by CAF President Ahmad Ahmad

“We took a great decision today, the AWCON will now engage 12 teams, they were eight until now.”

It should be remembered that the competition had eight nations taking part every after two years but it has been expanded to 12 to give more opportunities to more African nations.

For starters, the Africa Women Cup of Nations was first contested in 1991 but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation in the tournament’s history, having won a record 11 titles.

The continental showpiece also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup. Ghana hosted the competition last year with Nigeria again coming out on top.

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