Holders ASFAR and Sundowns qualify for CAF Women’s CL Finals

football17 September 2023 18:56| © CAF Online

Reigning champions, ASFAR from Morocco and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns will form part of a new exciting line-up of teams that have qualified for this year’s CAF Women’s Champions League Finals to be played in Ivory Coast between 05-19 November 2023.

The CAF Women’s Champions League is the premium women’s club football competition and will be on its third instalment.

Huracanes FC from Equatorial Guinea completed the line-up of teams this weekend when they won the UNIFFAC Qualifier defeating regional holders TP Mazembe to secure their ticket to Ivory Coast. This will be their first appearance.

As tournament hosts, Athlético Abidjan will be hoping to make the host nation proud in their first attempt at continental glory, as the Ivorian nation continues to build on the exciting mood currently enjoyed across the nation in welcoming Africa to next year’s TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast 2023.

Current holders AS FAR of Morocco will be hoping to defend their crown, while South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, who clinched the COSAFA regional title without a single loss, will be hoping to reclaim their 2021 title.

Both AS FAR and Mamelodi Sundowns return for their third appearance of the tournament, having qualified for each edition since the tournament’s 2021 inception.

A clear indication of the growth of the women’s game on the continent is that, of the eight confirmed clubs, only AS FAR, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mali’s AS Mande have previously qualified for the finals.

The eight confirmed clubs are:

AS FAR - Morocco (Defending champions)

Athlético Abidjan - Ivory Coast (Host)

Sporting Club Casablanca - Morocco (UNAF)

AS Mandé - Mali (WAFU A)

Ampem Darkoa - Ghana (WAFU B)

JKT Queens - Tanzania (CECAFA)

Mamelodi Sundowns - South Africa (COSAFA)

Huracanes FC - Equatorial Guinea (UNIFFAC)

In line with CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe’s commitment to growing the women’s game in Africa, CAF has set the competition’s winner’s prize money to USD 400 000.

CAF Women’s Champions League Prize Money Breakdown:

Winners: USD 400 000

Runners-up: USD 250 000

Semifinalists USD 200 000

Third of Group USD 150 000

Fourth of Group USD 100 000