BY Moinca Iheakam
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has exempted Super Falcons of Nigeria from the preliminary round of qualifiers for the 2018 Africa Women’s Championship to be hosted by Ghana.
According to the fixtures for the tournament released by CAF, Falcons who are the defending champions alongside Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Cameroon would be joined by 10 teams who scale through the first round of the qualifiers.
A total of twenty Countries would test their might in the first round of qualifying matches to be played from 26th February 2018 and 6th March 2018.
In 2016 , Falcons, coached by Florence Omagbemi, defeated the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon by a lone goal in Yaounde to lift their eighth AWC title.
Meanwhile, Ghana as host has qualified for the 2018 edition of the tournament billed for November.
Ghana who only got the final nod to host the tournament from the CAF at a meeting held in Accra Ghana on the 23rd of September 2017 qualify automatically as host to be joined by 7 others from the second round of matches to complete the line up.
The tournament will also determine who will represent Africa at Women’s World Cup tournament to be hosted by France in 2019.