The African Women’s Cup of Nations (CAN 2022) takes place in Morocco July 2-23. The Nigerians, who win in eleven editions of thirteen and triple defense champions, will be arch-favorites in this CAN 2022. Will a selection succeed in stopping the supremacy of the Super Falcons and their star striker Asisat Oshoala?
From our special correspondent in Rabat,
In women’s football, there is no doubt: there is a nation that scandalously dominates the continent and that is Nigeria. The statistics testify to this: in thirteen editions , the Nigerians have won eleven times and remain on three straight titles. Only Equatorial Guinea, champions at home in 2008 and 2012, have sometimes replaced them. In 2012, the Super Falcons finished in fourth place, their “worst” AFCON ranking. Since 1991, West Africans have also won more than 50 of the approximately 60 matches played during this competition. Namely…
“Nigerian women have a psychological superiority,” Haifa Guedri, a former Tunisian international and consultant during the war, told rfi.fr. AFCON 2022 (July 2-23). They are also favorites because all players are on the same level. This is the most important thing to keep the same level during a course.
Under these circumstances, what law will be able to dismiss them in Morocco? South Africa, a growing power in women’s football in Africa, has a dream. Four years ago, during the final phase, the South Africans did not get far. They lost on penalties (3-4 TAB, 0-0 after extra time) in the CAN 2018 final in Ghana. Since then, Banyana Banyana has made further progress, believes Thembi Kgatlana. “For a number of years, our team had no major players playing in the best women’s leagues abroad and that gave Nigeria and other teams the advantage. Atletico Madrid on the Confederation of African Football’s website (CIF). Today it starts to go well for our team.
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“Surprises during this edition, like Tunisia and Morocco”A reflection that Cameroonians can share, seven times on the podium in the African Cup, as South Africans and Ghanaians (not qualified for this CAN 2022). In addition, Nigerian superstar Asisat Oshoala does not expect any formality in Morocco. “We do not underestimate any team, assures FC Barcelona’s center forward. Obviously South Africa is a very strong team, very competitive too. But we have teams like Cameroon, Morocco and other big African teams to face.” The queens of Africa will also face Banyana Banyana from the first round of the tournament, July 4 in Rabat, in Group C. A final before the hour? Haifa Guedri also sees South Africa and Cameroon as other favorites, but the Tunisian adds: “I think there will be many surprises during this edition, as the laws of Tunisia and Morocco. “
While waiting for the inauguration in Rabat on July 23, the twelve competing teams will above all try to reach the semifinals. A place in the last four is really synonymous with a direct ticket to the next World Cup, scheduled for 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
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 During the first two editions, 1991 and 1995, the tournament was played in the form of two-way matches and served mainly as a qualifier for the World Cup.