Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa Ladies’ automatic place in the semifinal of the West Africa Zone B (WAFU B) Women’s Champions League qualifiers has been withheld.
The Ghanaian champions were handed an automatic place in the semifinal of the competition which serves as qualifiers for the Women’s Champions League following the withdrawal of one of their group opponents AS Garde National of Niger.
AS Garde National officially withdrew from the competition, citing the closure of the country’s Air and land borders amid the current political unrest in the West African country.
The situation meant that Ampem Darkoa Ladies and Amis Du Monde from Togo were the only contenders in Group B, thus, have secured qualification to the semifinal of the competition.
However, in the latest development, WAFU B have withheld Ampem Darkoa Ladies and Amis Du Monde’s status in the semifinal after reaching a decision to conduct a new draw for the competition.
The new draw is scheduled to be conducted on Friday, August 18 at the Samuel Agbemudia Stadium at 10:00 GMT to reconstruct the Groupings for the tournament.
The CAF Champions League qualifiers originally scheduled to commence on 18 August will now kickoff from 20th – 31st August 2023.
Per the new format, Nigeria’s Delta Queens will be seeded in Group A as host Country and Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa remains in Group B as the strongest performing country per the current rankings. The four other teams will then be balloted and added.
The winner of the competition will secure a place 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League to be played from Sunday, November 5 to Sunday, November 19, 2023 in Ivory Coast.
In the first edition of the WAFU B Women’s Champions League qualifiers in 2021, Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies emerged winners. Nigeria’s Bayelsa Queens FC won the second edition after beating Ampem Darkoa ladies in the final.