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SOUTHERN AFRICAN TEAMS DOMINATE WAFCON

Southern African is the only region at the ongoing Womens Africa cup of nations to remain with two teams still in contention for the title.

Zambia were the first Southern African country to book a place in the semi-finals after beating Senegal 4-2 on post match penalties following a 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time on Wednesday night before their neighbors South Africa also defeated Tunisia 1-0 on Thursday night to seal their qualification to the semis.

The two teams from the COSAFA region have also secured qualification to the 2023 FIFA womens World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, a feat that has never been achieved before as two countries from Southern Africa will represent the continent at the highest womens football stage.

South Africa will be participating at the World Cup for the second time while Zambia who were Africa’s sole representatives at the last Olympics will be taking part in the womens global football showpiece for the first time in their history.

Both South Africa and Zambia topped their groups and will now meet in the semifinals on Monday , 18th July 2022 to determine who will play the final .

Meanwhile, defending Champions Nigeria and record title holders of the WAFCON who started their 2022 campaign with a 2-1 defeat to the Banyana Banyana have also booked a ticket to the World Cup and semifinals after beating their rivals Cameroon 1-0 on Thursday night.

Nigeria has now qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their best performance being at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.

The super Falcons will look to win their 10th WAFCON trophy when they meet hosts Morocco in the second semifinal match on Tuesday 19th July 2022.

Morocco who have for the first time reached the semifinals of the competition have also become the first North African country to qualify for the Womens World Cup and will be aiming at ending Nigeria’s dominance when they meet in the semifinals.

Morocco womens team celebrating qualification to the World Cup and WAFCON semifinals

The Womens Africa cup semifinals are set and it remains to be seen who will be crowned queens of Africa among Nigeria, South Africa , Zambia and Morocco.

WAFCON 2022 semifinal fixtures.
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Published by Calvin Kaumba Chikenge

I am a journalist. passionate about culture , sports and developmental story writing.

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