NOT again! Zimbabwe will not participate in the second edition of the Cosafa Women’s Champions League Qualifier due to the Fifa ban on the country.
The tournament will be held in Durban, South Africa from 7 to 13 August.
The event’s draw was done in Morocco on Wednesday.
Tournament’s winners will proceed to the 2022 TotalEnergies Caf Women’s Champions League finals in Morocco later in the year where local side AS FAR await as hosts.
A total of 14 AS FAR players are in the current Morocco squad that will face South Africa in the final of the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on Saturday, an illustration of just what a handful they will be.
But the Southern African teams must first earn the right to play in the continental finals and there are six teams competing for the single spot.
Harare based Black Rhinos Queens, who last year fell at the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns, were meant to make their second consecutive appearance at the competition but will miss 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.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Zambia’s senior men’s team clinched the HOLLYWOODBETS Cosafa Cup 2022 in fine style in Durban to claim their record-equalling sixth regional title following their 1-0 victory over Namibia in the final match.
It was a superb tournament with some excellent football, showcasing the rich array of talent in the Southern African region.
Cosafa Women’s Champions League Draw
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Costa Do Sol (Mozambique)
Double Action Ladies (Botswana)
Green Buffaloes (Zambia)
Young Buffaloes (Eswatini)
Olympique de Moroni (Comoros)