Falcons, 4 others draw bye into second round of 2016 AWC qualifiers

04112015C Super FalconsIlorin – The Super Falcons have moved into the second round of the qualifiers for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations scheduled for October in Cameroon and tagged “Cameroon 2016’’.

The draw for qualifiers for the 10th edition of the competition hitherto known as the “African Women Championship (AWC)’’ was conducted in Cairo, Egypt last month.

It was held on the sidelines of the most recent Annual Meetings of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), held from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28.

The Nigerian senior women football side, seven-times winners of the competition, drew bye in the first round, alongside Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, South Africa and two-times winners Equatorial Guinea.

Eighteen teams will face off in the first round, with first leg matches slated for between March 4 and March 6, and second leg matches between March 18 and March 20.

The Falcons and the four other seeded sides will in the second round join the nine aggregate winners from the first round, with Nigeria facing winners of the Senegal/Guinea pairing.

First leg matches will hold between April 8 and April 10, while second round matches will hold between April 22 and April 24.

The seven teams which emerge from the qualifiers will then join hosts Cameroon for the final tournament scheduled for Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, 2016.

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