COSAFA clarifies TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League qualification

09 Aug, 2022 - 13:08 0 Views
COSAFA clarifies TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League qualification

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COSAFA has clarified the situation around qualification for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League in Morocco later this year.

The association announced on Monday that South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, as continental champions, will automatically qualify for the finals in Morocco, along with the winner of the ongoing HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA Women’s Champions League.

The Women’s Champions League is taking place in Durban, South Africa and should Sundowns successfully retain their COSAFA regional title, then the runner-up in Saturday’s final will also qualify for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League.

“We will have two teams at the (continental) championship,” said Brenda Kunda, chairperson of the COSAFA Women’s committee and COSAFA executive committee member.

“Sundowns will be defending champions, and whichever side is the best in this competition, or the best runner-up, will get to the finals in Morocco. There are so many developments in this region, we are doing so well in all facets, from playing to refereeing and administration. That is reflected in the rise in standard on the field,”she added.

Sundowns will be favourites to retain their title in Durban given their pedigree and status as continental champions, but the race to travel to Morocco with them is very much on.

The top team in each of the two groups at the COSAFA Women’s Champions League will advance to Saturday’s final, with one round of matches played so far.

Sundowns defeated Costa do Sol 8-1 in Group A on Sunday, while Green Buffaloes got the better of Young Buffaloes on a 4-0 score line in a Group B encounter.

Action was set to continue on Tuesday, where both pools could have been decided, as well as the two qualifiers for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League.

Sundowns were due to take on Double Action Ladies from Botswana, a team they beat 6-0 in last season’s competition.

Group B was set to continue with a clash between Comoros debutants Olympique de Moroni and Green Buffaloes, where the latter could have sealed their place in the final with a win.

Zimbabwe are not participating in the second edition of the COSAFA Women’s Champions League Qualifier due to the FIFA ban on the country.

Harare-based Black Rhinos Queens, who last year fell at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns in a final tie, were meant to make their second consecutive appearance at the competition but have missed out owing to the FIFA ban on the country’s football governing body, Zifa.

Zimbabwe has already missed more international competitions because of the ban.

The country was disqualified from the 2023 Afcon Qualifiers, 2022 CHAN and the 2022 Cosafa Cup.

 

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