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Sierra Leone Sports: Sierra Leone to engage Mali in Women’s AFCON qualifiers

In a bid to book their ticket to Ghana, Sierra Leone women, Sierra Queens, will be engaging their West African counterpart, Mali, in the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Sierra Leone was drawn to face the Malians during the official draw of the qualifiers on Tuesday at the headquarters of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) in the capital of Egypt, Cairo.
The Sierra Queens will host the Malians in Sierra Leone for the first leg in round one of the qualifiers slated for the weekend of 26 February 2018, and the return leg will play in Bamako on 6 March.
The team that qualifies after both legs will face Morocco/Ivory Coast in the second stage, which is the final qualification round. The second round ties are slated for March 3-April 2, while the second legs are scheduled for April 7-10, 2018.
A total of 24 teams will be playing the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and at the end of the qualification rounds, seven countries will join the host nation, Ghana in the tournament.
The 2018 edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations will be hosted in Ghana, from November 17 to December 1. The host nation, Ghana, has already gained automatic qualification after securing the hosting right to stage the tournament.
According to the continental football body, CAF, the competition will also determine Africa representation in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be hosted in France, with the top three nations at the end of the tourney in Ghana gaining automatic qualification.
On his part, the Head of Competition for Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, confirmed the country’s participation adding they are working on modalities to prepare a formidable and ambitious side against the Malians.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Friday October 06, 2017.

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