The Central African Football Federations’ Union (UNIFFAC) have opted to postpone their U-20 Women’s championship by a week per a decision issued by Mr Martin Etonge, the secretary general of the body this Friday.
The three-nation competition which was initially scheduled to happen between December 26-30 this year in Douala, Cameroon has been moved to January 5-9 2024 due to undisclosed reasons.
The move means UNIFFAC will start next year with competition as the women’s game will take center stage in a tournament set to last for 3 days – packed with high action and drama in January.
Three Central African giants: Cameroon, Congo and the Central African Republic converge in Douala, for the biennial U20 women’s zonal tourney as the competition returns after a three-year absence.
Testament to how competitive next year’s event will be, is the recent performances of the teams involved.
The U20 Lionesses of Cameroon are trailblazing in the 2024 World Cup qualifiers, having gotten through to the fourth and final round.
Congo made it through to the third round but lost to Egypt after defeating Namibia in the second round.
The Central African Republic intend to use this year’s event to work on the growth of the women’s game.
When the competition was last held in 2020, Equatorial Guinea emerged champions. However, this time, a new title holder is awaited due to the absence of Equatorial Guinea.
Congo and CAR are expected to arrive Cameroon from December 3-4th, with the opening match billed for January 5.
Coach Hassan Balla’s Cameroon will raise the curtains against Congo, at the 39 thousand capacity Bepanda Omnisport stadium in the opener.
A day later, the Central African Republic lock horns against Congo, before one last dance against Cameroon on January 9.
The point accumulation system will be a yardstick to determine champions after three games played. In case of absolute parity, head to head will be examined.
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