By Sedara Philip
The WAFU-B Qualifiers for the CAF Women’s Champions League have witnessed a shuffle following AS Garde National’s withdrawal. With the dust settling, a fresh draw has been orchestrated, pitting three teams in two groups against each other for the coveted sole ticket available to the zone.
The new arrangement has seen the participating teams grouped into two distinct groups, each consisting of three teams. Only the top two teams of each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
Nigeria’s champions, the Asaba-based Delta Queens, have been placed in Group A. Their journey is intertwined with that of USFA Burkina Faso and Sam Nelly FC of Benin Republic.
Group B, equally fierce, houses a trio of formidable contenders. Ampem Darkoa of Ghana, Atletico D’Abidjan, and Friends of the World FC of Togo find themselves in the same arena.
This West African spectacle, spanning six nations, will see representatives of Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, and Cote d’Ivoire play at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium over two weeks, from August 20 to September 2, 2023, where the region’s finest women’s football teams will take centre stage.