AWCON 2022: Botswana make history and players get rewarded
Botswana have qualified for their first ever Africa Women's Cup of Nations
The Botswana national women’s team made history by qualifying for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations and the government in the country has decided to reward the players for their big achievement.
According to reports coming out of Botswana, the players of the women’s national team will get P20 000 each ($1.8 thousand). The head coach of the women’s national team will get P15 000 ($1.3 thousand).
This is after they beat their southern African rivals Zimbabwe to book a spot at the competition which will be played in Morocco from 2 to 23 July. They qualified on the away goals rule as the match finished 3-3 on aggregate. This will no doubt give them more confidence to go to the tournament in Morocco later this year and upset some of the big guns of African football.
Their qualification shows just how much women’s football in the country is growing and they are hoping to grow from strength to strength over the next few years to get to the level of their neighbours South Africa, who have also qualified for AWCON. Zambia have also qualified for AWCON, which means there will be three representatives from the COSAFA region in the competition.
The 12 teams which have qualified for the competition will be drawn into three groups of four teams, with the hosts Morocco automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw. The draw will be held at a later confirmed date.