Caf expands Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to 12 teams
London, July 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has increased the number of participating teams in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from eight to 12 following an Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on Wednesday.
The change will take effect from 2020.
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad confirmed the news on his Twitter
With @CAF_Online’s #exco, we took a great decision today : feminine’s #AFCON will now engage 12 teams ! They only were 8 until now. #CAF #Football699:57 AM – Jul 17, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy46 people are talking about this
The biennial tournament has featured eighth teams for the previous 11 editions.
Previously held with two groups of four teams, the Awcon has been contested with this format since 1998.
The past format also saw the top two teams in each group qualified for the semi-finals, with four teams crashing out of the competition.
Nigeria are the most successful team in Women’s Africa Cup of Nations history, with nine titles followed by Equatorial Guinea with two.
Black Queens have never won the women’s continental title but have been losing finalists on three occasions – 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Following Congo’s withdrawal last week, 2020 hosts and formats of the new 12-team tournament are yet to be revealed.
It is recalled that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) adopted a similar resolution in 2017 to expand African Cup of Nations from 16 to 24 teams, with the new format debut in the on-going AFCON in Egypt