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Some teams have confirmed their qualification today, following on from those who secured it after October's international break.

Cameroon (hosts)
Mali
Uganda
Nigeria
Morocco
Tunisia
Madagascar (!)
Egypt
Senegal

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Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

28 minutes ago | African

Cameroon has been stripped of hosting next year's Africa Cup of Nations, says the Confederation of African Football.

African football's governing body (Caf) says it is because of delays in the progress of Cameroon's preparation for the tournament, due to start in June.

Officials made the decision at a meeting on Friday in Accra, Ghana, that lasted more than 10 hours.

Caf president Ahmad Ahmad says it will work to "determine a new organising country by the end of the year".

The tournament is set to be the first held in June and July and will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

Ahmad said last year that Cameroon still needed "to convince Caf of its ability" to host the event, with the country playing down fears sanctions would be imposed if preparations were deemed to be behind schedule.

But in August the chairman of Caf's Nations Cup organising committee, Amaju Pinnick, said: "nobody is going to take it away from Cameroon".

Morocco have been touted as potential hosts, having stepped in to hold this year's African Nations Championship after Kenya was deemed not ready.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46407474

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Nigeria beat SA on penalties to win 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations

By Nick Cavell & Debola Adebanjo

BBC Africa Sport, Ghana

1 hour ago | African

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Nigeria's Super Falcons defeated South Africa on penalties to lift the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations trophy

Nigeria were crowned the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations champions on Saturday, beating South Africa 4-3 on penalties in the final in Accra.

The match had ended 0-0 after 120 minutes, with Nigeria's goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi making the trophy-winning save in the shoot-out from the boot of South Africa's Linda Motlhalo.

Experienced midfielder Asisat Oshoala had earlier scuppered the chance to seal a victory for Nigeria in normal time after she missed a penalty.

The Super Falcons, who came to Ghana as defending champions, retain their dominance in this competition, winning the trophy for a ninth time in eleven editions.

It was a nervy start to the final for both sides as they tried to size each other out.

South Africa looked the more purposeful pushing forward, but the Nigerian defence dealt with the attacks comfortably.

Mamemlo Makhbane's long-range strike for Banyana Banyana in the 12th minute had to be palmed wide by Nigeria's keeper, as South Africa began to impose themselves on the game.

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Nigeria captain Rita Chikwelu with the Women's Africa Cup of Nations trophy

Nigeria got their momentum back after 20 minutes when Asisat Oshoala just missed the target from Ngozi Okobi's corner, and an Okobi shot from just outside the 18-yard area had to be parried away minutes later by South Africa's goalkeeper Kaylin Swart.

The first ten minutes of the second half belonged to South Africa but Nigeria held firm and went on to have the better chances.

In the 56th minute, Swart made a brave save diving at the feet of Rasheedat Ajibade, and Francisca Ordega was later brought down by Swart as she tried to get the ball.

Oshoala stepped up for the spot-kick - but her poor penalty went wide of the left-hand post.

Over the ninety minutes, Nigeria were the more skilful side which was cancelled out by South Africa's organisation and determination.

In extra-time, the first chance fell to Oshoala whose shot across goal was well saved by Swart.

Kgatlana and Motlhalo both had shots for South Africa which went straight to the keeper.

How the shoot-out played out...

With no players able to break the deadlock, and tiredness hitting both sides, the drama of the penalty shoot-out followed.

It was a terrible start for Nigeria as Onome Ebi hit the post, with Noko Matlou then successfully scoring into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Banyana Banyana.

Ngozi Ebere then scored for Nigeria with Lebohang Ramalepe missing for South Africa.

Super Falcons skipper Rita Chikwelu made it 2-1 as Mpumi Nyandeni duly put her penalty away to level the score.

Chinwendu Ihezuo made it 3-2 to the holders, with Mamello Makhabane keeping the drama alive by scoring for South Africa.

Chinaza Love Uchendu put Nigeria 4-3 up - with Motlhalo suffering the heartbreak of seeing her shot saved by Oluehi as Nigeria celebrated their triumph.

Nigeria and South Africa will now prepare for next year's World Cup in France where they will be joined by Cameroon who booked their place on Friday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46414687

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Egypt to host instead of Cameroon

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/africa/46788780

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Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced.

Egypt beat South Africa, the only other nation to bid, by 16 votes to one with one abstention at a Caf executive committee vote in Senegal.

Original host nation Cameroon was stripped of staging duties in November because of slow preparations.

Egypt has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which kick off in June.

It will be the fifth time Egypt, which won the tournament when it last hosted in 2006, has staged the tournament.

"I want to thank the (Caf) Executive Committee for the trust, and I thank the government for this support," said Egypt FA (EFA) president Hany Abu Rida.

"We organised the tournament on 2006 and that make us against a challenge to make better and better, we are ready for this honour."

"The guarantee from government helped us to win against South Africa and that will help us to make a good tournament," added Ahmed Shobair, vice-president of Egypt's FA.

"The fans will be back again in the stadiums, which will be full in the tournament I promise."

Egypt will use eight stadiums during the tournament, hosting in five different cities: Alexandria, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez and the capital Cairo.

Caf had originally planned to name the new hosts on Wednesday 9 January.

Since stripping Cameroon of this year's event, Caf has offered the country the chance to stage the finals in two years' time, which has meant that the original hosts for both the 2021 and 2023 finals have been asked to delay their tournaments.

Ivory Coast, which was set to host the 2021, has protested against the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Guinea's football federation announced on Monday that it has agreed to move its staging of the Nations Cup from 2023 to 2025.

Tuesday's announcement took place in the Senegalese capital Dakar, which will host Caf's annual awards ceremony later in the day.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah is looking to retain his title as he takes on Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal's Sadio Mane for the African Player of the Year award.

 

 

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