Uganda’s representatives at the upcoming 2021 CAF Women Champions League, Lady Doves, have secured their license to participate in the inaugural tournament.
The 2021 CAF Women’s Champions League is the 1st edition of the African women’s club football championship organised by CAF.
CAF has confirmed that Lady Doves licensing process through FUFA has been validated.
The Masindi based club were crowned champions of the 2021 FUFA Women Super League after beating UCU Lady Cardinals by 2-1 in the final played at the Fufa Technical Centre in Njeru on Wednesday, May 05.
However, as one of CAF competitions and Club licensing regulations, Lady had to be licensed first in order to be eligible for the competition.
The statement from CAF, to Lady Doves, through FUFA read in part:
“Reference to the club licensing process for the CAF Women’s Champions League Egypt 2021, we acknowledge receipt of your federation’s communication of the licensing decisions in which the First Instance Body (FIB) granted the license for the engaged club Lady Doves WFC based on the
fulfilment of the CAF Club Licensing criteria set for the aforementioned competition.
“According to the CAF competitions and club licensing regulations, all engaged clubs must undergo a licensing process at the Member Association level and have been granted a license to participate in the aforementioned competition.
“Thus, and in respect of the above, the engagement of the club Lady Doves WFC for the CAF
Women’s Champions League Egypt 2021 is validated.
“We would like to use this opportunity to commend your continuous efforts in the implementation of club licensing at national level, as we continue the quest for
professionalisation of our clubs with solid foundations and to raise the level of our African football.”
Clubs that will take part in the inaugural edition must have head coaches with a minimum of a CAF C qualification or its equivalent, among other requirements.
Must Know About CAF Women Champions League
- The CAF Women Champions League is the men’s equivalent of the CAF Champions League
- This was introduced by Confederations of African Football (CAF) this year
- The host of this inaugural edition is Egypt who beat Morocco among other bidders, and will be held in November this year
- The format in the first edition will see champions of each of the six CAF Zones, including Cecafa region, play for a spot in the competition.
- They are joined by the hosts and a wild card entry.
- The tournament of 8 will then be played in two groups of four teams.
- To qualify for a place in Egypt, Uganda’s Lady Doves have to top the cecafa qualification tournament that will be hosted by Kenya’s Vihiga Queens that kickoff on 17th July
- Other clubs that will be in Kenya include Tanzania’s Simba Queens, Rwanda’s Scandinavian WFC, Burundi’s PVP Buyenzi, South Sudan’s Yei Join Stars FC, Sudan’a Al-Defaa Khartoum, Fad Club (Djibouti), Denden (Eritrea) and Nigd Bank (Ethiopia)