Simba Queens confirm Women's Champions League opponents

10Jul 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba Queens confirm Women's Champions League opponents

REIGNING Mainland Tanzania Women Premier League champions, Simba Queens, have landed Ugandan side, Lady Doves, and PVP Bunyezi from Burundi in Group A of the CECAFA Women’s CAF Champions League qualifiers set for Nairobi, Kenya from July 17-August 1.

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Simba Queens will be part of nine teams from the CECAFA region that are set to battle for the one slot available in the tournament. The teams have been divided into three groups.

Group B will see the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia take on YEI Joint Stars from South Sudan and New Generation Queens from Zanzibar.

The final pool (Group C) also has three teams including Scandinavian WFC (Rwanda), FAD Club (Djibouti) and hosts Vihiga Queens (Kenya).

The group winners and one best loser will qualify for the knockout stages where the eventual champions will represent the region in CAF Women’s Champions League.

The CAF Women’s Champions League competition is a new competition introduced by CAF to develop women’s football products in Africa.

It will feature top teams from all over the continent. It will run from November all through to December 2021 in Egypt.

To decide the teams that will participate at the final competition in Egypt later this year, Zonal Qualifiers will be played as preliminary rounds.

Each of the six CAF zones will have at least a representative at the final tournament with Union of North African Football Associations (UNAF) and West Africa Football Union B (WAFU -B) getting two slots each.

The UNAF will get two slots with a team from Egypt (host nation) and the other going through the Qualifiers.

Egyptian women league winners, Wadi Degla, get automatic qualification as the team from the host nation for the final tournament of the CAF Women’s Champions League.

On the other hand, WAFU-B got two slots because of having the CAF Women Africa Cup of Nations Champions, Nigeria.

Therefore, teams that will reach the final of WAFU- B Qualifiers will make it to the final tournament.

Simba Queens have already beefed up their squad by signing both locals and foreign players.

They have been in a residential training camp for the past three weeks.

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