Canada 2015: Africa gets three slots for Fifa Women’s World Cup

The World football governing body has given the go-ahead for three African teams to feature at the next quadrennial international Women’s football World Championship

For the very first time in the history of the Fifa Women’s World Cup, three teams will hoist the African flag at the tournament billed to be staged in Canada.

After series of deliberations within the Executive Committee in Zurich recently, Africa’s spot was increased by one following the pronouncement of the world football governing body to increase the number of participating countries to twenty teams, eight above the previous sixteen that has graced the competition in the last six editions.

In view of this, the three top teams at the Africa Women’s Championship to be hosted in Namibia will represent the continent at the women’s version of the Fifa World Cup. This will be a shift in the competition that first took place in 1991.

Although Nigeria has not failed to qualify for this global event since inception, this will serve as welcome development to the Super Falcons who can now heave a sigh of relief having slumped behind Equatorial Guinea and South Africa in recent times.