2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification

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2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification
Tournament details
Dates 4 April – 11 June 2018
Teams 24 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 95 (2.97 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ethiopia Loza Abera (8 goals)
2016
2020

The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification was a women's football competition which decided the participating teams of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

A total of eight teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including Ghana who qualified automatically as hosts.[1]

Teams[edit]

Apart from Ghana, the remaining 53 members of CAF were eligible to enter the qualifying competition, and a total of 24 national teams were in the qualifying draw, which was announced in early October 2017.[2]

Equatorial Guinea were initially banned from the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations,[3] but were reinstated after the ban was lifted in July 2017 at an emergency CAF committee meeting, and were included in the qualifying draw. However, FIFA have banned them from qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, meaning they could not qualify for the World Cup regardless of their performance in the Africa Women Cup of Nations.[4][5]

FIFA Women's World Rankings in September 2017 in brackets (NR=Not ranked).[6]

Final tournament hosts Bye to second round
(4 teams)
First round entrants
(20 teams)
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
Did not enter

Format[edit]

Qualification ties are played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score is tied after the second leg, the away goals rule is applied, and if still tied, the penalty shoot-out (no extra time) is used to determine the winner.[7]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the qualifying rounds is as follows.[8]

Round Dates
First round 4–10 April 2018
Second round 4–12 June 2018

The first round was originally scheduled for 26 February – 6 March 2018, and the second round for 2–10 April 2018, but the dates were moved due to a clash with the CAF Women's Symposium in early March.

First round[edit]

Overview[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Senegal  2–3  Algeria 2–1 0–2
Libya  0–15  Ethiopia 0–8 0–7
Morocco  1–1 (a)  Ivory Coast 1–1 0–0
Sierra Leone  w/o  Mali
Burkina Faso  3–3 (3–5 p)  Gambia 2–1 1–2
Congo  3–1  Central African Republic 2–0 1–1
Kenya  1–0  Uganda 1–0 0–0
Lesotho  3–1  Swaziland 1–0 2–1
Tanzania  4–4 (a)  Zambia 3–3 1–1
Namibia  0–4  Zimbabwe 0–2 0–2

Matches[edit]

Senegal  2–1  Algeria
Report
Referee: Vincentia Enyonam Amedome (Togo)
Algeria  2–0  Senegal
Report
Referee: Zomadre Sonia Kore (Ivory Coast)

Algeria won 3–2 on aggregate.


Libya  0–8  Ethiopia
Report
Referee: Theresa Bremansu (Ghana)
Ethiopia  7–0  Libya
Report
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Ethiopia won 15–0 on aggregate.


Morocco  1–1  Ivory Coast
Report
Referee: Therese Raissa Neguel (Cameroon)
Ivory Coast  0–0  Morocco
Report
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

1–1 on aggregate. Ivory Coast won on away goals.


Sierra Leone  Cancelled  Mali
Report
Referee: Ajayi Foluso Adewuyi (Nigeria)
Mali  Cancelled  Sierra Leone
Report
Referee: Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia)

Mali advanced on walkover after Sierra Leone withdrew.[9]


Burkina Faso  2–1  Gambia
Report
Referee: Fatou Thioune (Senegal)
Gambia  2–1  Burkina Faso
Report
Penalties
  •  
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored
5–3
  • (order unknown)
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty scored
  • Penalty missed
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)

3–3 on aggregate. Gambia won 5–3 on penalties.


Congo  2–0  Central African Republic
Report
Referee: Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakama (Tanzania)
Central African Republic  1–1  Congo
Report
Referee: Suavis Iratunga (Burundi)

Congo won 3–1 on aggregate.


Kenya  1–0  Uganda
Report
Referee: Letticia Antonella Viana (Swaziland)
Uganda  0–0  Kenya
Report
Referee: Akhona Zennith Makalima (South Africa)

Kenya won 1–0 on aggregate.


Lesotho  1–0  Swaziland
Report
Referee: Anaelle Valerie Omanda (Gabon)
Swaziland  1–2  Lesotho
Report

Lesotho won 3–1 on aggregate.


Tanzania  3–3  Zambia
Report
Referee: Lamngar Lare (Chad)
Zambia  1–1  Tanzania
Report
Referee: Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia)

4–4 on aggregate. Zambia won on away goals.


Namibia  0–2  Zimbabwe
Report
Referee: Chancelle Cynthia Imane Ngakossa (Congo)
Zimbabwe  2–0  Namibia
Report
Referee: Carolyne Wanjala (Kenya)

Zimbabwe won 4–0 on aggregate.

Second round[edit]

Winners qualified for 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

Overview[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Algeria  6–3  Ethiopia 3–1 3–2
Ivory Coast  2–2 (a)  Mali 2–2 0–0
Gambia  0–7  Nigeria 0–1 0–6
Congo  0–10  Cameroon 0–5 0–5
Kenya  2–3  Equatorial Guinea 2–1 0–2
Lesotho  0–7  South Africa 0–1 0–6
Zambia  2–2 (a)  Zimbabwe 0–1 2–1

Matches[edit]

Algeria  3–1  Ethiopia
Report
Referee: Isatou Touray (Gambia)
Ethiopia  2–3  Algeria
Report
Referee: Dorsaf Ganouati (Tunisia)

Algeria won 6–3 on aggregate.


Ivory Coast  2–2  Mali
Report
Referee: Aurore Christelle M. Ligan (Benin)
Mali  0–0  Ivory Coast
Report
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco)

2–2 on aggregate. Mali won on away goals.


Gambia  0–1  Nigeria
Report
Referee: Teneba Bagayoko (Mali)
Nigeria  6–0  Gambia
Report
Referee: Lidya Tafesse (Ethiopia)

Nigeria won 7–0 on aggregate.


Congo  0–5  Cameroon
Report
Referee: Mathabo Maria Kolokotoane (Lesotho)
Cameroon  5–0  Congo
Report
Referee: Ajayi Foluso Adewuyi (Nigeria)

Cameroon won 10–0 on aggregate.


Kenya  2–1  Equatorial Guinea
Report
Referee: Julie Kanyembo Kyabuta (DR Congo)
Equatorial Guinea  2–0  Kenya
Report
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (Zambia)

Equatorial Guinea won 3–2 on aggregate.


Lesotho  0–1  South Africa
Report
Referee: Thanks Nyahuye (Zimbabwe)
South Africa  6–0  Lesotho
Report
Referee: Shamirah Nabadda (Uganda)

South Africa won 7–0 on aggregate.


Zambia  0–1  Zimbabwe
Report
Referee: Nirinjanahary Raharijaona (Madagascar)
Zimbabwe  1–2  Zambia
Report
Referee: Chancelle Cynthia Imane Ngakossa (Congo)

2–2 on aggregate. Zambia won on away goals.

Qualified teams[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in Africa Women Cup of Nations1
 Ghana (hosts) 28 September 2016[1] 11 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016)
 Cameroon 9 June 2018 12 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Equatorial Guinea 9 June 2018 4 (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
 Algeria 10 June 2018 4 (2004, 2006, 2010, 2014)
 South Africa 10 June 2018 11 (1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Zambia 10 June 2018 2 (1995, 2014)
 Mali 10 June 2018 6 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016)
 Nigeria 11 June 2018 12 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

8 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Libya played their home matches outside Libya due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GHANA TO HOST 2018 AFRICA WOMEN CUP OF NATIONS". dhakaba.com. 28 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Nigeria draw bye in 2018 Women's AFCON qualifiers". busybuddiesng.com. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Equatorial Guinea disqualified, Mali in". CAF. 4 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Equatorial Guinea banned from 2019 Women's World Cup". BBC. 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking - Africa Zone". FIFA. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Regulations of the Women Africa Cup of Nations" (PDF). CAF. 
  8. ^ "2018 African Women's Cup of Nations qualifiers moved". Goal.com. 16 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "[CAN Féminine]-Adversaire du Mali, la Sierra Leone refuse le combat". footmali.com. 4 April 2018. 

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