Tanzania Face Ivory Coast in 2024 Women AFCON Qualifiers

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Tanzania Senior women’s national team, Twiga Stars, will battle with Ivory Coast in the first round of the 2024 Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers (WAFCON), following a CAF draw that was conducted on Thursday night.

The tie, which will be played over two legs, will precede the second round of qualifiers for which the winning teams will book a ticket at next year’s showpiece that takes place in Rabat, Morocco. 

Tanzania will travel to Ivory Coast for the first leg before returning to Dar for the reverse fixture. The first round of fixtures will be held between 18-26 September 2023.

In the second round, the winner of the two-legged first round tie will face off with the winner of the first round tie between Djibouti and Togo, with either the aggregate winner of Tanzania and Ivory Coast hosting the first leg fixture.

Twiga Stars made their first and last appearance in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2011, but failed to go past the group stage in the tournament held in South Africa. 

A total of 42 nations will be involved in the Qualifiers. Host nation, Morocco are exempted from the qualifiers, while defending champions, South Africa and Zambia will only engage in the second round. Eleven teams are expected to qualify from the second round to join host  Morocco for the main tournament.

Senegal will kick off their campaign against Mozambique while South Sudan have pitted against Egypt. Eleven-time African champions, Nigeria were drawn against Sao Tome and Principe who will have an uphill battle against the former champions.

The Democratic Republic of Congo face Benin, with the winner facing either Equatorial Guinea or Libya in the next round. Cape Verde have a tricky encounter against Liberia while Algeria will be looking at making a good return to the tournament when facing Uganda.

Ghana will cross swords against Rwanda in what promises to be an epic duel while Togo, who are aiming for their second participation in the tournament must first overcome Djibouti. The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon take on Kenya, with the winner having to face the victor between Gabon and Botswana

Quarter-finalists at Morocco 2022, Tunisia will play Niger with the winner setting up a match against the winner between Guinea Bissau and Congo in the second round.  Angola face Sudan, with the winner facing either Eswatini or Burkina Faso in the next round.

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