Athletics News of Friday, 14 June 2019
Reigning champions Ghana, have been denied the chance to defend their African Games (AG) women’s soccer title right after the requirements for qualification by organisers ruled them out.
The event agenda introduced by the organisers of the competitiveness on Wednesday features hosts Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroun, Mali, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia.
The Black Queens, who won the AG title in Congo Brazzaville in 2015, ended up hoping to correctly protect the title at this year’s Online games in Morocco in August, but new qualifying guidelines by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) allowed only groups that performed in the qualifying sequence and basically designed it to the 2018 Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON), apart from the hosts, to participate in in the levels of competition.
So as hosts of the 2018 Women’s AFCON, Ghana are not qualified and their location taken by the hosts of the African Game titles, Morocco.
This will be a significant disappointment to the Ghanaians as they experienced hoped to be in Morocco for the event and probably protect the title.
Whilst the Ghana Football Affiliation (GFA) could not be arrived at for an fast rationalization, sources from CAF show that an Govt Committee final decision taken past February dominated out the regular qualifying series which would have authorized Ghana to participate for a slot.
“Last February, the CAF ExCo at its assembly resolved that there would be no qualifying series for the African Online games. Alternatively, the closing qualifying rounds and the teams that produced it to the Women’s AFCON and also, the men Below-20 tournament in Niger, will be the qualifying strategy for the African Games,” the supply discussed.
Per the new rule, Ghana’s Beneath-20 aspect, Black Satellites will represent at the Games in Rabat, instead of the Under-23 aspect, the Meteors as experienced been the circumstance in earlier tournaments.