2022 Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifiers: Senegal Intensifies Preparation for Liberia Clash

Senegal women’s national team players training before their friendly match against Cape Verde last week (Photo: Senegal FA).  

The Senegalese senior women’s national team last week played two international friendly matches as part of preparation to face the Liberia women’s national team in the 2022 CAF Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Senegalese Lionesses hosted Cape Verde in a back-to-back international friendly on September 15 and 18 at the Jules Fran oisois Bocandé Technical Center in Toubab Dialaw.

Liberia is due to host Senegal in the third week of October before traveling to Dakar for the second leg the following week. It is still unclear whether the Antoinette Tubman Stadium will be used as the host venue following the banning of the facility to host CAF club competitions.

With less than a month to the encounters, there is no sound of the female Lone Star commencing preparation for the qualifiers.

Both Liberia and Senegal were paired during the draw of the tournament qualification series that saw a record of 45 member associations taking part in the qualifiers. Morocco, as the host country of the final tournament, automatically qualified for the hosts. A total of 44 teams will take part in the qualifiers.

The First Round of the qualifiers should have been played in June this year, but was postponed “As a result of the constraints posed by the Covid19 pandemic in Africa and also infrastructure challenges in the continent,” CAF said. The last meeting between Liberia and Senegal was in March 2020 during the WAFU A women’s tournament. Senegal defeated Liberia 2-1 in the semifinals and eventually went on to win the tournament after beating Mali 3-0.

Liberia finished as 3rd place winners in the tournament.