2014 CAF Women’s Champs line-up complete

WINDHOEK: The qualification of the teams participating in the ninth edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Women’s Championship was concluded over the weekend.

A statement issued on Monday by the Namibia Football Association (NFA) said reigning champions Equatorial Guinea missed out on the championships, which are to be hosted in Windhoek from 11 to 25 October 2014.

Equatorial Guinea played to a 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast on Saturday, and the Ivorians went through on the away-goal with a 3-3 aggregate score from their first leg encounter in Equatorial Guinea.

South Africa has already been confirmed as the first country to qualify following the withdrawal of the Comoro Islands from the final round of the second leg qualifiers, after their women’s team was beaten 13-0 by South Africa two weeks ago.

The remaining six countries were confirmed over the weekend – also making their travelling arrangements for Namibia are Nigeria, Zambia, Algeria, Cameroon and Ghana.

Nigeria won 8-0 at home to stroll home with a 12-1 aggregate win over Rwanda, while Algeria also booked their place with a 5-3 aggregate win over rivals Tunisia after winning the second leg 3-2 away in Tunis.

Cameroon also made sure of their place at the continental finals with a 2-1 aggregate win over Senegal after they won the second leg 1-0 following their 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Namibia’s neighbours, Zambia, also make the list after beating Zimbabwe 1-0 at home for an aggregate score-line of 2-0 in favour of Zambia.

The Black Queens of Ghana beat Ethiopia 3-0 at home to advance 5-0 on aggregate.

The 2014 CAF African Women’s Championship will also serve as the African qualifiers for the 2015 Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Women’s World Cup in Canada next year. The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup as opposed to the previous two representatives at earlier World Cups.