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2022 Women AFCON: Crested Cranes Learn Qualification Pathway

Uganda will seek to qualify for the 2022 Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

The qualification pathway was revealed on Monday during a live draw at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.   

Uganda will face Ethiopia at the first round, the same country they will face in the U17 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.

The first round home and away matches are scheduled between June 7 to 15, 2021.

If the Crested Cranes beat Ethiopia, they will face winner between Kenya and South Sudan in the second round for a place in the finals.

Uganda’s National team has not played competitive football since the 2019 Cecafa Championship in Tanzania where the side coached by Farida Bulega finished third.

They lost to Kenya 3-0 in the semis before finding solace with a 2-0 win over Burundi in bronze match with Aminah Nababi and Shamira Nalujja on target.

The team will fancy their chances against Ethiopia but their possible opponent at the second round – Kenya – will pose a big threat.

The Crested Cranes have been at AFCON once, in 2000 where they finished third in Group A that had hosts South Africa, Zimbabwe and Reunion.

The 2020 AFCON was not played due to Covid19.

For the 2018 tourney, Uganda were eliminated by Kenya 1-0 on aggregate.

The 2022 AFCON will be the first to have 12 countries. Nigeria are the defending champions and record winners with nine titles.

The Qualification Pathway:

First round
M1 – Uganda v Ethiopia
M2 – Kenya v South Sudan
M3 – Eritrea v Burundi
M4 – Djibouti v Rwanda
M5 – Malawi v Zambia
M6 – Tanzania v Namibia
M7 – Zimbabwe v Eswatini
M8 – Angola v Botswana
M9 – Mozambique v South Africa
M10 – Algeria v Sudan
M11 – Egypt v Tunisia
M12 – Equatorial Guinea v DR Congo
M13 – Sao Tome and Principe v Togo
M14 – Congo v Gabon
M15 – Central African Republic v Cameroon  
M16 – Sierra Leone v Gambia
M17 – Liberia v Senegal
M18 – Mali v Guinea
M19 – Guinea Bissau v Mauritania
M20 – Burkina Faso v Benin
M21 – Nigeria v Ghana
M22 – Niger v Cote d’Ivoire

Second Round
Winner M1 v Winner M2
Winner M3 v Winner M4
Winner M5 v Winner M6
Winner M7 v Winner M8
Winner M9 v Winner M10
Winner M11 v Winner M12
Winner M13 v Winner M14
Winner M15 v Winner M16
Winner M17 v Winner M18
Winner M19 v Winner M20
Winner M21 v Winner M22


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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