All through the world girls’s soccer is rising in stature and recognition and Africa is not any completely different.
A number of of the continents’ stars have signed for among the greatest golf equipment in Europe, with Nigerian Asisat Oshoala being a member of the Champions League-winning Barcelona squad.
The striker will likely be simply one of many stars taking part in within the 14th version of the Africa Girls Cup of Nations that will get below means in Morocco on Saturday.
The match sees 12 nations compete in three teams, with the highest two from every group, in addition to the 2 finest third-placed groups advancing to the knock-out stage.
The 2 finalists from the final AFCON, Nigeria and South Africa, have been drawn collectively in Group C.
However with each groups seemingly having a comparatively simple passage into the quarter-finals – Botswana and Burundi being the opposite groups of their group – they won’t be sad with the draw as meaning they are going to keep away from assembly one another once more till the ultimate, ought to they go all the way in which.
Oshoala, known as on Nigerians to rally behind the Tremendous Falcons. “Simply because we didn’t qualify for the World Cup [the men’s team were beaten by Ghana], that doesn’t imply that soccer is lifeless in Nigeria.
“As a workforce we will likely be devoted and go to Morocco with a transparent function. We need to defend our title.”
In Group B, a lot of the eye will likely be on Zambia and Cameroon, with Olympic star Barbra Banda hoping to take her kind from Tokyo final yr [where she scored back-to-back hattricks against the Netherlands and China] to Morocco.
Les Lionnes Indomptables have completed runners-up on 4 events and have been third final time round. They’ve a squad comprising of gamers who play their membership soccer in a number of completely different nations together with France, Spain, Russia and Nigeria.
Each Zambia and Cameroon can anticipate some powerful opposition from Tunisia and first-time individuals Togo.
The hosts, in the meantime, have been positioned in Group A with Burkina Faso, Senegal and Uganda.
The competitors has been received by solely two groups – Nigeria, who received it 11 instances and two-time winners Equatorial Guinea, however with South Africa and Cameroon there are two nations ready within the wings, hoping to carry the trophy after the July 23 ultimate.
For soccer followers in Ghana and throughout Africa, the match gives the chance of watching the continents’ stars shine brightly and no fan must miss out because the video games will likely be broadcast stay and completely on the StarTimes sports activities channels.