For the third straight season, AS Mande has emerged as Champions of the D1 Femenin in Mali for the 2022/2023 season.
The league holders edged Super Lionnes 1-0 to claim its third consecutive league trophy.
It topped the log with 16 points after six games ahead of Super Lionnes (6 points) and USFAS (6 points).
It previously won the league title in 2018, 2021, 2022 before sealing another title this year.
The team will represent Mali at the West African Football Union Zone A (WAFU-A) Zonal Qualifiers for the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League for the third consecutive year.
It won the maiden WAFU-A Zonal Qualifiers in 2021 and crashed out of the maiden CAF Women’s Champions League at the group stage with a bottom-placed finish in Group A behind Hasaacas Ladies FC (Ghana), Malabo Kings (Equatorial Guinea), and Wadi Degla (Egypt).
Last year (2022), the club couldn’t qualify for the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League after a second-placed finish at the WAFU-A Zonal Qualifiers behind Champions, Determine Girls of Liberia.
AS Mande’s title triumph increased the number of women’s football Champions in Africa to 18 ahead of the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League.
Others include Disciples (Madagascar), AFAK Relizanne (Algeria), Wadi Degla (Egypt), New Generation (Zanzibar), Kampala Queens (Uganda), Atletico D’Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Mogbwemo Queens (Sierra Leone), BUSA Queens (Burundi), USFA (Burkina Faso), AS Kigali (Rwanda), Determine Girls (Liberia), ASFAR FC (Morocco), Commercial Bank (Ethiopia), Green Buffaloes (Zambia), Ampem Darkoa (Ghana), Ntopwa (Malawi), and JTK Queens (Tanzania).
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast which has hosted the last two West African Football Union Zone B (WAFU-B) Zonal Qualifiers for the tournament will now host the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed this on Thursday during its Executive Committee meeting in Algiers.
The West African country is using the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League to test-run facilities ahead of next year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be hosted by the nation.
The host team alongside holders, ASFAR FC, and six zonal Champions will participate in the tournament.
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