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2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification

The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification was a women's football competition which decided the participating teams of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification
Tournament details
Dates4 April – 11 June 2018
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored95 (2.97 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ethiopia Loza Abera (8 goals)
2016
2020

A total of eight teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including Ghana who qualified automatically as hosts.[1]

Contents

TeamsEdit

Apart from Ghana, the remaining 53 members of CAF were eligible to enter the qualifying competition, and a total of 24 national teams were in the qualifying draw, which was announced in early October 2017.[2]

Equatorial Guinea were initially banned from the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations,[3] but were reinstated after the ban was lifted in July 2017 at an emergency CAF committee meeting, and were included in the qualifying draw. However, FIFA banned them from qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, meaning they could not qualify for the World Cup regardless of their performance in the Africa Women Cup of Nations.[4][5]

FIFA Women's World Rankings in September 2017 in brackets (NR=Not ranked).[6]

Final tournament hosts Bye to second round
(4 teams)
First round entrants
(20 teams)
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
Did not enter

FormatEdit

Qualification ties are played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied, and if still tied, the penalty shoot-out (no extra time) is used to determine the winner.[7]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the qualifying rounds is as follows.[8]

Round Dates
First round 4–10 April 2018
Second round 4–12 June 2018

The first round was originally scheduled for 26 February – 6 March 2018, and the second round for 2–10 April 2018, but the dates were moved due to a clash with the CAF Women's Symposium in early March.

BracketEdit

The seven winners of the second round qualified for the final tournament.

  First round Second round
                         
  Senegal 2 0 2  
  Algeria 1 2 3  
      Algeria 3 3 6
    Ethiopia 1 2 3
  Libya 0 0 0
  Ethiopia 8 7 15  
  First round Second round
                         
  Morocco 1 0 1 (a)  
  Ivory Coast 1 0 1 (a)  
      Ivory Coast 2 0 2 (a)
    Mali 2 0 2 (a)
  Sierra Leone
  Mali w/o  
  First round Second round
                         
  Burkina Faso 2 1 3 (3 p)  
  Gambia 1 2 3 (5 p)  
      Gambia 0 0 0
    Nigeria 1 6 7
  Nigeria Bye
 
  First round Second round
                         
  Congo 2 1 3  
  Central African Republic 0 1 1  
      Congo 0 0 0
    Cameroon 5 5 10
  Cameroon Bye
 
  First round Second round
                         
  Kenya 1 0 1  
  Uganda 0 0 0  
      Kenya 2 0 2
    Equatorial Guinea 1 2 3
  Equatorial Guinea Bye
 
  First round Second round
                         
  Lesotho 1 2 3  
  Eswatini 0 1 1  
      Lesotho 0 0 0
    South Africa 1 6 7
  South Africa Bye
 
  First round Second round
                         
  Tanzania 3 1 4 (a)  
  Zambia 3 1 4 (a)  
      Zambia 0 2 2 (a)
    Zimbabwe 1 1 2 (a)
  Namibia 0 0 0
  Zimbabwe 2 2 4  

First roundEdit

OverviewEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Senegal   2–3   Algeria 2–1 0–2
Libya   0–15   Ethiopia 0–8 0–7
Morocco   1–1 (a)   Ivory Coast 1–1 0–0
Sierra Leone   w/o   Mali
Burkina Faso   3–3 (3–5 p)   Gambia 2–1 1–2
Congo   3–1   Central African Republic 2–0 1–1
Kenya   1–0   Uganda 1–0 0–0
Lesotho   3–1   Eswatini 1–0 2–1
Tanzania   4–4 (a)   Zambia 3–3 1–1
Namibia   0–4   Zimbabwe 0–2 0–2

MatchesEdit

Senegal  2–1  Algeria
Report
Referee: Vincentia Enyonam Amedome (Togo)
Algeria  2–0  Senegal
Report
Referee: Zomadre Sonia Kore (Ivory Coast)

Algeria won 3–2 on aggregate.


Libya  0–8  Ethiopia
Report
Referee: Theresa Bremansu (Ghana)
Ethiopia  7–0  Libya
Report
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Ethiopia won 15–0 on aggregate.


Morocco  1–1  Ivory Coast
Report
Referee: Therese Raissa Neguel (Cameroon)
Ivory Coast  0–0  Morocco
Report

1–1 on aggregate. Ivory Coast won on away goals.


Sierra Leone  Cancelled  Mali
Report
Referee: Ajayi Foluso Adewuyi (Nigeria)
Mali  Cancelled  Sierra Leone
Report
Referee: Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia)

Mali advanced on walkover after Sierra Leone withdrew.[9]


Burkina Faso  2–1  Gambia
Report
Referee: Fatou Thioune (Senegal)
Gambia  2–1  Burkina Faso
Report
Penalties
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5–3
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Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)

3–3 on aggregate. Gambia won 5–3 on penalties.


Congo  2–0  Central African Republic
Report
Referee: Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakama (Tanzania)
Central African Republic  1–1  Congo
Report
Referee: Suavis Iratunga (Burundi)

Congo won 3–1 on aggregate.


Kenya  1–0  Uganda
Report
Referee: Letticia Antonella Viana (Swaziland)
Uganda  0–0  Kenya
Report
Referee: Akhona Zennith Makalima (South Africa)

Kenya won 1–0 on aggregate.


Lesotho  1–0  Eswatini
Report
Referee: Anaelle Valerie Omanda (Gabon)
Eswatini  1–2  Lesotho
Report

Lesotho won 3–1 on aggregate.


Tanzania  3–3  Zambia
Report
Referee: Lamngar Lare (Chad)
Zambia  1–1  Tanzania
Report
Referee: Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia)

4–4 on aggregate. Zambia won on away goals.


Namibia  0–2  Zimbabwe
Report
Referee: Chancelle Cynthia Imane Ngakossa (Congo)
Zimbabwe  2–0  Namibia
Report
Referee: Carolyne Wanjala (Kenya)

Zimbabwe won 4–0 on aggregate.

Second roundEdit

Winners qualified for 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

OverviewEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Algeria   6–3   Ethiopia 3–1 3–2
Ivory Coast   2–2 (a)   Mali 2–2 0–0
Gambia   0–7   Nigeria 0–1 0–6
Congo   0–10   Cameroon 0–5 0–5
Kenya   2–3   Equatorial Guinea 2–1 0–2
Lesotho   0–7   South Africa 0–1 0–6
Zambia   2–2 (a)   Zimbabwe 0–1 2–1

MatchesEdit

Algeria  3–1  Ethiopia
Report
Referee: Isatou Touray (Gambia)
Ethiopia  2–3  Algeria
Report
Referee: Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia)

Algeria won 6–3 on aggregate.


Ivory Coast  2–2  Mali
Report
Referee: Aurore Christelle M. Ligan (Benin)
Mali  0–0  Ivory Coast
Report
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)

2–2 on aggregate. Mali won on away goals.


Gambia  0–1  Nigeria
Report
Referee: Teneba Bagayoko (Mali)
Nigeria  6–0  Gambia
Report
Referee: Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia)

Nigeria won 7–0 on aggregate.


Congo  0–5  Cameroon
Report
Referee: Mathabo Maria Kolokotoane (Lesotho)
Cameroon  5–0  Congo
Report
Referee: Ajayi Foluso Adewuyi (Nigeria)

Cameroon won 10–0 on aggregate.


Kenya  2–1  Equatorial Guinea
Report
Referee: Julie Kanyembo Kyabuta (DR Congo)
Equatorial Guinea  2–0  Kenya
Report
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

Equatorial Guinea won 3–2 on aggregate. On 17 October 2018, Kenya were awarded the tie after Equatorial Guinea were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.[10][11] However, on 7 November 2018, the decision was overturned on appeal.[12]


Lesotho  0–1  South Africa
Report
Referee: Thanks Nyahuye (Zimbabwe)
South Africa  6–0  Lesotho
Report
Referee: Shamirah Nabadda (Uganda)

South Africa won 7–0 on aggregate.


Zambia  0–1  Zimbabwe
Report
Referee: Nirinjanahary Raharijaona (Madagascar)
Zimbabwe  1–2  Zambia
Report
Referee: Chancelle Cynthia Imane Ngakossa (Congo)

2–2 on aggregate. Zambia won on away goals.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in Africa Women Cup of Nations1
  Ghana (hosts) 28 September 2016[1] 11 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016)
  Algeria 10 June 2018 4 (2004, 2006, 2010, 2014)
  Mali 10 June 2018 6 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016)
  Nigeria 11 June 2018 12 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Cameroon 9 June 2018 12 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Equatorial Guinea 9 June 2018 4 (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
  South Africa 10 June 2018 11 (1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  Zambia 10 June 2018 2 (1995, 2014)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Libya played their home matches outside Libya due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "GHANA TO HOST 2018 AFRICA WOMEN CUP OF NATIONS". dhakaba.com. 28 September 2016. Archived from the original on 11 April 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Nigeria draw bye in 2018 Women's AFCON qualifiers". busybuddiesng.com. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Equatorial Guinea disqualified, Mali in". CAF. 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Equatorial Guinea banned from 2019 Women's World Cup". BBC. 6 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking - Africa Zone". FIFA. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Regulations of the Women Africa Cup of Nations" (PDF). CAF.
  8. ^ "2018 African Women's Cup of Nations qualifiers moved". Goal.com. 16 December 2017.
  9. ^ "[CAN Féminine]-Adversaire du Mali, la Sierra Leone refuse le combat". footmali.com. 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Harambee Starlets appeal against Equatorial Guinea upheld, Kenya set to grace AWCON". Football Kenya Federation. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Kenya through, Equatorial Guinea disqualified". CAF. 18 October 2018.
  12. ^ "DECISIONS OF THE APPEAL BOARD OF 7th NOVEMBER 2018". CAF. 7 November 2018.

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