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Malabo: Home of Women’s Football in the mood again

by Lesley Ngwa
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Known for its uniqueness in culture and beauty, Equatorial Guinea is expected to leave an impression as hosts in this year’s zonal UNIFFAC CAF women’s champions league qualifiers.

Glimpses have been spotted on the eve of the competition to show that the country made up of over 2 million inhabitants, will punch above unthinkable heights, when the ball gets rolling on Friday, September 8.

Amongst one of the country’s to have heavily invested in women’s club football, the central Africans believe that it is time to level up with women’s continental club football.

Cognizant of Hurricane Filles championship win last term, the team carried over the veto power to play in the qualifiers alongside other regional heavyweights.

Malabo, the host town for the second year running, has been tuned to the colors of the country’s representatives, Hurricane Filles – ahead of the opener.

The hype follows after a general conception of hosting and keeping the trophy, instilled in the fans by the Nzalang Femenino, two-time WAFCON winners. The Hurricane Filles are not short of motivation. All two gold medals of the women’s national team was won by the country (2008, 2012) while acting as hosts.

Not just the voices of Hurricane Filles fans are being heard. In fact, there is an influx of TP Mazembe fans in the past couple of hours, as this is shaping up to be an exciting first match up.

Just 653 kilometers separates Equatorial Guinea from DR Congo, and the Congolese are not ready to let go of the zonal crown just yet.

The capital city of Malabo – where games will hold is still in complete ecstasy after the Equatorial Guinea senior men’s team qualified for the TotalEnergies 2023 AFCON, which in many ways, increases the tournament’s profile.

For a country with an area of 28,000 square kilometres, Equatorial Guinea is remembered for its hosting prioress, having hosted some top Continental events, amongst which, is the 2012 and 2015 AFCON tournaments.

The zonal CAF women’s CL qualifiers will be played at the 15 thousand seater capacity Estadio National de Malabo, a 16-year-old edifice, known for its great playing surface.

Other aspects surrounding the event have been brushed, and Equatorial Guinea is ready to welcome the region.

Hurricane FC, Epah Ngamba of Congo and holders TP Mazembe will compete in the three-club round robbing tournament whose champion will represent the region at the finals later this year in Côte D’Ivoire.

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