Upsets and Surprises: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire Among Notable Absences from WAFCON 2024

Upsets and Surprises: Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire Among Notable Absences from WAFCON 2024
November 19, 2023

The TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting tournament, with several surprises emerging from the first round of qualifiers. Two of the continent’s powerhouse teams, Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire, have been eliminated, while other nations have made impressive strides.

Cameroon’s Shock Elimination

Cameroon, a four-time finalist in the WAFCON, suffered a shock defeat to Kenya in the first round of qualifiers. The Indomitable Lionesses lost on penalties after the two matches ended in a 1-1 aggregate draw. This is the first time since 1991 that Cameroon will not participate in the WAFCON finals.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Misfortune

Cote d’Ivoire, another strong team in African women’s football, also fell at the first hurdle. They were eliminated by Tanzania on penalties after the two matches ended in a 2-2 aggregate draw. This is a major setback for Cote d’Ivoire, who were runners-up in the 2019 WAFCON.

There were several other notable results in the first round of qualifiers. Kenya, who eliminated Cameroon, will now face Botswana in the second round. Burundi, who eliminated Ethiopia, will face Namibia in the second round. And Tanzania, who eliminated Cote d’Ivoire, will face Togo in the second round.

The Road to Morocco 2024

The second round of qualifiers will see some exciting matchups, including Mali-Guinea, Senegal-Egypt, Kenya-Botswana, Nigeria-Cape Verde, Angola-Zambia, Ghana-Namibia, Burkina Faso-South Africa, Congo-Tunisia, Tanzania-Togo, Equatorial Guinea-DR Congo, and Algeria-Burundi.

The WAFCON 2024 tournament is scheduled to take place in Morocco from July 21 to August 13, 2024. The tournament will feature 12 teams, including the host nation, and will serve as the qualifying round for the 2024 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Conclusion

The first round of WAFCON 2024 qualifiers has been full of surprises and upsets. Several powerhouse teams have been eliminated, while other nations have made impressive strides. The second round of qualifiers promises to be even more exciting, as the remaining teams battle for a place in the tournament finals in Morocco.

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