We want to improve women’s local leagues – CAF’s Abdel Bah

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The Confederation of African Football (Caf) secretary-general Abdelmounaïm Bah says they are committed to developing women’s football structures on the continent, particularly at club level despite cancelling the 2020 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON).

As part of its development strategy, the continent’s ruling body are toying with the idea of launching AFCON at youth level for women with Bah insisting that “women’s football is today, one of the top priorities of CAF.”

Earlier this month, CAF made a landmark decision to grow the women’s game as they announced the creation of a continental Women’s Champions League to start in 2021.

“We will develop all the women’s football structures in Africa, the second priority are the competition because we definitely consider that best driver of football development is competition,” said Bah in an online press conference with the SA Football Journalists Association (SAFJA).

“Outside of the Women’s AFCON, we have launched the Women’s Champions League because at the end we want to develop the local leagues, and this is the perfect way to do it by having a club competition,” – Bah. Picture: CAF. 

“And we are also developing some other initiatives… Women’s AFCON for the youth, so putting that in place we hope that it will help developing Women’s football locally.

“Our first target for the next women’s AFCON is to get more slots and to get more slots we need to get more leagues, we need to get more teams engaging through our women’s AFCON, now more or less we have between 20 and 25 teams engaging with the qualifiers of the Women’s AFCON.

“This year we had 30 so we hope that for the next AFCON we will have in 2022 40 teams and try to develop women’s football step by step and we hope that this development will also lead also to better performances of our women’s teams during the next women’s World Cup and the following one,” concluded CAF’s secretary-general.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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