Sierra Leone will kick start the maiden edition of women’s Wafu Zone A tournament involving eight teams in the Southern Province on Tuesday, 25 February at the Bo City stadium.

Eight nations were drawn into Group A and B for the phase a few weeks ago at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sierra Leone.

The tournament is expected to run from 25 February to 7 March with host Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and five others set to compete for the maiden accolade.

Head coach Abdulai Bah has said his side have been working hard for this tournament following a 2-2 draw with their Liberia counterparts during the 2019 festive season in Makeni.

“For the past two to three months, we have been working hard, especially with the new young players in the squad. Most of them played against Senegal recently. Six of them are included in my team,” Coach Bah explained.

“I’m optimistic we’re going to get a positive start. From the six new players, hopefully, two of them will play from the start.”

Bah added, “We want to use this competition as a stepping stone for women’s football in the country.”

When asked about the opposition, he said: “We have watched them trained they have a few good players that can handle the ball well.”

The Cape Verdeans arrived safely earlier on Monday, February 23) in Freetown with a 25-men delegation in search for their first international victory against the host.

Meanwhile, Border neighbours Liberia completed their first training session in Sierra Leone highly motivated after their arrival.

The Liberians arrived with a 33-man delegation after departing Monrovia on Sunday for the Northern Province town of Makeni where they will go toe to toe with Guinea Bissau on Wednesday in their Group B opener.

Kickoff 4:30 Pm local time – Makeni Stadium

Kickoff 4:30 Pm local time – Makeni Stadium

Zone-A Women’s WAFU 2020 Championship fixtures in full 

Group A: 25.02.2020 

  •  Sierra Leone Vs Cape Verde – 2:00 pm – Bo Stadium 
  •  Guinea Vs Senegal – 4:30 pm 

27.02.2020 

  •  Cape Verde Vs Senegal- 2:00 pm – Bo Stadium 
  •  Sierra Leone Vs Guinea – 4:30 pm – Bo Stadium 

 29.02.2020 – Break 

01.03.2020 

  •  Senegal Vs Sierra Leone – 4:00 pm – Bo Stadium 

02.03.2020

  •  Guinea Vs Cape Verde – 4:00 pm – Bo Stadium 

Group B: 26.02.2020 

  •  Mali Vs The Gambia – 2:00 pm – Makeni Stadium 
  •  Liberia Vs Guinea Bissau – 4:30 pm – Makeni Stadium 

28.02.2020 

  •  Mali Vs Liberia – 2:00 pm – Makeni Stadium 
  • The  Gambia Vs Guinea Bissau – 4:30 pm – Makeni Stadium 

 29.02.2020 – Break 

01.03.2020 

  •  Mali Vs Guinea Bissau – 4:00 pm – Makeni Stadium 

02.03.2020 

  •  The Gambia Vs Liberia – 4:00 pm – Makeni Stadium 
  •  29.02.2020 – Break 

04.03.2020: Semi-Finals: 

  •  Group-A 1st Place Vs Group-B 2nd Place – 4:30 pm – Bo 
  •  Group-B 1st Place Vs Group-A 2nd Place– 4:00 pm – Makeni 

 Break 

07:03:2020: 3rd Place Match and Grand Finals 

  •  Loser 1st Semi-Final Match Vs Loser 2nd Semi-Final Match – 4:00 pm – 

Makeni Winner 1st Semi Match Vs Winner 2nd Semi-Final Match – 4:00 pm – Freetown Final.

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