2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations: Participating teams, fixtures, groups, venues and all you need to know

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The 14th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations will feature 12 teams from the continent.

The biennial football showpiece has been expanded to 12 teams by the Confederation of African Football from eight to make the championship more competitive.

Awcon 2022 will also serve as the African qualification for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup – with the top four teams qualifying for the global tournament slated for Australia and New Zealand, while two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

The 2020 edition was cancelled by Caf due to the Covid-19 pandemic that crippled football activities globally.

Who are the defending champions of the Africa Women Cup of Nations? 

Nigeria are the defending champions of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, having won it in 2018.

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Which are the venues for the Africa Women Cup of Nations 2022? 

Congo had been due to host Africa in 2020 until they pulled out in July 2019, leaving the event without a host before the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic a year later.

Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea were in the running to take over from Congo but a lack of backing from the government swiftly saw Caf hand the hosting rights to North African country Morocco on January 15, 2021.

All the matches will be played across three venues: Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat, Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, and Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca.

What are the groups of the Africa Women Cup of Nations 2022?

Group A:  Morocco, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda
Group B:  Cameroon, Zambia, Tunisia, Togo
Group C:  Nigeria, South Africa, Burundi, Botswana

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What are the fixtures of the Africa Women Cup of Nations 2022?

GROUP A Fixtures

Date Time Fixture Stadium
July 2, 20229:30 pmMorocco 1-0 Bukina FasoPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
July 3, 20224:00 pmSenegal 2-0 UgandaPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
July 5, 20226:00 pmBurkina Faso 0-1 SenegalPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
July 5, 20229:00 pmUganda 1-3 MoroccoPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
July 8, 20229:00 pmMorocco 1-0 SenegalPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
July 8, 20229:00 pmBurkina Faso 2-2 UgandaStade Mohammed V, Casablanca

 

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GROUP B FIXTURES

Date Time Fixture Stadium
July 3, 20226:00 pmCameroon 0-0 ZambiaStade Mohammed V, Casablanca
July 3, 20229:00 pmTunisia  4-1 TogoStade Mohammed V, Casablanca
July 6, 20226:00 pmZambia 1-0 TunisiaStade Mohammed V, Casablanca
July 6, 20229:00 pmTogo 1-1 CameroonStade Mohammed V, Casablanca
July 9, 20229:00 pmCameroon 2-0 TunisiaStade Mohammed V, Casablanca
July 9, 20229:00 pmZambia 4-1 TogoStade Moulay Hassan, Rabat

GROUP C FIXTURES

DateTimeFixtureStadium
July 4, 20226:00 pmNigeria 1-2 South AfricaStade Moulay Hassan, Rabat
July 4, 20229:00 pmBurundi  2-4 BotswanaStade Moulay Hassan, Rabat
July 7, 20226:00 pmSouth Africa 3-1 BurundiStade Moulay Hassan, Rabat
July 7, 20229:00 pmBotswana  0-2 NigeriaStade Moulay Hassan, Rabat
July 10, 20229:00 pmSouth Africa 1-0 BotswanaPrince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat
July 10, 20229:00 pmNigeria 4-0 BurundiStade Moulay Hassan, Rabat