The calendar of world women’s soccer going-on’s is immensely crowded this week but the kick-off of the ninth edition of the CAF African Women’s Championship is not to be overlooked. The biennial tournament got underway last weekend, and is the first international football tournament to be staged in South Africa since the 2010 FIFA World Cup this summer.
Seven teams plus the home nation will vie for a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The pair of finalists will represent Africa in the World Cup next summer. The all-important semifinals will occur on November 11 while the final will take place on November 14.
Due to disappointingly minimal exposure of the tournament, decent coverage is hard to come by. Cafonline.com may be the best resource for match reactions, photos and the latest news.
Africa has made marked strides in the women’s game as of late. Much like the United States has historically dominated the continent of North America, Nigeria have been the traditional standard-bearers of African women’s football. The Super Falconets are just one of four teams to have appeared in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup (the others being the United States, Sweden and Norway). The team’s best World Cup finish occurred in the 1999 Women’s World Cup when the team lost 4-3 to Brazil in the quarterfinals after rallying to score three second half goals in just 22 minutes.