Mali women have replaced Benin Republic in the maiden Wafu Women's Nations Cup scheduled which commenced on Wednesday, February 14 in Abidjan.
The Local Organising Committee confirmed the acceptance of Mali to replace Benin following the latter's unexpected withdrawal from the competition.
Earlier on Tuesday, the LOC had disclosed that it received the withdrawal notice of the Beniniose Queens from the inaugural regional women's football showpiece.
As it stands, the Female Eagles will automatically play in Group B against Nigeria, Senegal and Togo that had since arrived in Abidjan, venue of the tournament.
The Malians will face Nigeria in Group B opener at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium on Thursday.
2018 Wafu Women's Nations Cup
Wednesday's February 14 results
Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 #Ghana#Niger 1-5 Burkina Faso
Thursday's February 15 fixtures #Togo vs #Senegal #Mali vs #Nigeria #WAFUwomensCup — Samuel Ahmadu (@sam4wigan) February 14, 2018