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2019 West African Football Union (Wafu) set for 29th Sept. in Senegal

Monrovia  11th June,2019 – WAFU Nations Cup  is an association football competition that is contested by representative teams of the West African Football Union.  The West African Nations Cup returned in 2002 as the WAFU Nations Cup, however, officially it was not considered simply as a continuation of the old tournament, and therefore it is a new tournament.

In this year’s edition ,Liberia will play Morocco in the 2019 West African Football Union (Wafu) Nations Cup in Senegal on 29 September.The 2019 edition will be played in Senegal, and the 2021 tournament will be hosted by Nigeria.

The draw which took place at the Radisson Blu Plaza hotel in Dakar on May 29, is the second expended edition that will run from 28 September to 13 October at the Stade Lat Dior stadium in Thies. Morocco, despite  awaiting a formal admission to ECOWAS, have been invited to replace Sierra Leone because  of banned by the world governing body of football, FIFA in October 2018 for governmental interference in the running the football association.

The 2002 edition was short-lived after violence broke out in Ivory Coast.Two games of the tournament had been played when it was cancelled. Finally, after an eight-year wait, the tournament returned in April 2010 which Nigeria’s Ogun State hosted and the host nation won. In recent times FIFA has lift the sanction on Sierra Leone , but as if they will be eligible to participate after missing their World Cup and AFCON Qualification matches . Nevertheless football activities has taken a good shape in the absence of a formal FA president .

It be recalled that in June 2017, ECOWAS approved Morocco’s membership application in Liberia despite the country being in the north but the regional leaders said the implications of its membership still need to be considered before Morocco could formally join.

Our search has revealed that the two countries  last met ,saw  Liberia defeating the Moroccans by  2-1 in an international friendly on 29 July 1987.However, in the African Cup of Nation qualifiers in 1982, the North Africa triumphant in both legs of the qualifying.

New Format : This year’s finals will be separated into cup and plate formats, with each team playing a minimum of two matches.The first phase winners will progress into the cup while the losers will go into the plate.

Hosts Senegal will take on Guinea Bissau in the opening match, while defending champions Ghana will meet Gambia on 28 September to be followed by the remaining matches.

The quarter-finals of the cup and plate

The quarter-finals of the cup and plate ties will be played between the 3-6 of October, while the semi-final will be played between the 8-9 of October.

The plate-final will be held on 12 October and the cup-final on 13 October.

First found fixtures
28 September
Senegal VS Guinea-Bissau
Ghana VS Gambia

29 September
Nigeria VS Togo
Morocco VS Liberia

30 September
Mali VS Niger
Ivory Coast VS Cape Verde

1 October
Burkina Faso VS Mauritania
Guinea VS Benin

From :Football Desk report/LSO

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