The Super Falcons of Nigeria will begin the defence of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title with matches against Ghana, Mali and Kenya in Group B of the 2016 tournament after the draws were held and revealed by the Confederation of African Football earlier in the day.
|Draw for 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations|
|Group A:||Group B:|
|Cameroon (hosts)||Nigeria (holders)|
In a preview of Group A ;
Cameroon who were runners-up to Nigeria are looking to go one step better than two years ago. They also reached the round of 16 at the 2015 Women’s Fifa World Cup in their first ever appearance.
South Africa and Zimbabwe who represented Africa at the just concluded Rio Olympics will be looking to put in improved performances after they both got just a point each.
Egypt’s only other appearance at the finals was in 1998 when they lost all three of their group matches and conceded 14 goals.
Group B has Nigeria have dominated women’s football in Africa having been crowned champion a total of nine times, Equatorial Guinea are the only other nation to have won the continental title.
Kenya are making their first ever appearance at the women’s finals.
Ghana have never won the women’s continental title but have been the losing finalists on three occasions – 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Mali, made it to the finals through the back door after former winners Equatorial Guinea were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.