BREAKING: Ivory Coast to host inaugural WAFU Women’s Cup

Black Queens, Super Falcons among sides to feature in WAFU Women's Cup
Ghana, Nigeria among top sides to feature in WAFU Women's Cup

Ivory Coast is set to host the first ever West African Football Union (WAFU) Women’s Cup in February 2018.

The inaugural edition to be held in the capital city of Abidjan is scheduled for February 14–24.

It will feature eight nations from the region, including reigning African champions Nigeria.

Hosts Ivory Coast, who were dropped in the latest FIFA ranking, will be in action after more than two years of inactivity.

They will be joined by 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations hosts Ghana.

The trio will compete for the title alongside Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Benin Republic.

The draw

The draw for the WAFU Women’s Cup 2018 will be held next month, on Tuesday 9 January in Abidjan.

The eight teams will be pooled into two groups with the hosts seeded in Group A and Nigeria in Group B.

Efforts to organise this tournament have previously failed, with the most recent one being in 2012.

Dubbed the WAFU Zone B Women’s Championships, the 2012 edition attracted six nations.

Hosts Ivory, Liberia, Mali, Ghana, Senegal and Benin were to face-off in the 2012 showdown.

However, Benin withdrew forcing the official sponsor, a Benin-based company, to pull out on the eve of the start of the tournament.

 

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