RACE FOR TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES 2020
African Women Football Qualifying Tournament in April, First Lady’s Marathon An Early Qualifying Chance For Paralympians.
Sportsmen and women around the world, including the disabled, are currently preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which are scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
In Africa, the women qualifying matches are set to begin in April this year, 2019, but due to varied and contrasting reasons, teams from some African countries will not take part.
Sierra Leone has been disqualified by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from the women’s Olympic qualifying matches, while Angola has withdrawn its team.
Sierra Leone had been expelled due to the suspension of the country’s football body by Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA). This therefore means Cote d’Ivoire automatically goes to the next round of qualifiers.
Angola, on the other hand, according to CAF statement, pulled out of the competition for unconfirmed reasons. The chance has been given to Zambia to replace them in the second round of the qualifiers.
In the preliminary first round matches scheduled to take place next month (April) In the first round, Algeria will meet Chad; Ethiopia vs Uganda, Tanzania vs DR Congo; Gabon vs Congo; while Malawi and Mozambique will square it out with each other.
Teams that were drawn bye in the first round; Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe, will join in the second round. After the fifth and final round in November 2019, two African sides will battle for a spot in Tokyo with one qualifying automatically, while the other one will have to face a CONMEBOL side in a play-off.
Meanwhile, in another sports event unrelated to football, the Kenyan First Lady’s Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, March 10, and will be used as a qualifier for Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.