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Stallions of Burkina Faso poised for their Maiden Women's Africa Cup of Nations

Burkina Faso making a debut this year

The Stallions of Burkina Faso will make their first Women's Africa Cup of Nations appearance since the introduction of the tournament in 1991.

The 14th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations will feature 12 teams from the continent after it was expanded from 8 teams.

Burkina Faso started their incredible journey to the continental showpiece smashing Guinea Bissau 6-0 in the first league before wrapping it up with a 1-0 Scoreline in the the second league.

They will first taste the competition with the host nation Morocco and then Senegal and Uganda all in Group A respectively.

According to the captain of the Stallions of Burkina Faso, Charlotte Nillogo, it's such a huge boost to be here at long last

"Qualifying this team to it's first ever Women's Africa Cup of Nations is a dream come true for us all. As a team, we will fight hard and make a mark in this tournament as debutants."

Burkina Faso will Open their campaign with host nation Morocco at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium

" It's not easy to play a host nation in front of their own crowd and country. The entire players are aware of the task ahead and have prepared physically, psychologically and morally for the game" she added.

Head Coach for the Stallions of Burkina Faso, Pascal Sawadogo, says he feels happy as a coach to lead his side to their maiden Women's Africa Cup Nations qualify.

"Qualifying to the Women's Africa Cup of Nations was not easy but with determination and hard work as a team, we achieved this and the entire nation is happy for us and are backing us to succeed."

According to Coach Pascal Sawadogo, he hopes his side crosses all hurldes to clinch the ultimate.

"We are hoping as a team to win all matches and progress to the next phase of the competition. The ladies are ever ready to die for the flag and exhibit their talent to the people of Africa and the World,” he added.

Women's Africa Cup of Nations 2022 will serve as the African qualification for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup with the top four teams qualifying for the global tournament slated for Australia and New Zealand, while two more teams will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

The 2020 edition was cancelled by Caf due to the Covid-19 pandemic that crippled football activities globally with Congo as a host in 2020 until they pulled out in July 2019, leaving the event without a host before the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic a year later.

Nigeria are the defending champions of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, having won it in 2018.

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