Mali’s AS Mande became the first to grab a place this CAF Women’s Champions League scheduled for Ivory Coast in November after winning the WAFU Zone A qualifiers played in Liberia 5-13 August where they overcame hosts, Determine Girls, Dakar Sacre Coeur of Senegal as well as Sierra Leone’s Mogwemo Queens.
Mande thus return to Africa’s top-flight women’s club competition, having made an appearance at the inaugural edition in 2021, where they finished bottom of Group A in a pool that consisted of the eventual runner-up Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana.
But who are AS Mande?
Affectionately known as The Mandekas, AS Mande are a Malian women’s football club based in the capital of Bamako. They compete in the Malian Women’s Championship, which is the country’s women’s first division league organised by the Malian Football Association.
Full Name Association Sportive de Mande
Nickname Les Mandekas (The Mandekas)
Coach Moustaph Laïcou Traoré
Malian Women’s Championship (2017, 2021)
Malian Women’s Cup (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
CAF Champions League WAFU A Qualifiers champions (2021, 2023)
2021 CAF Women’s Champions League (Group stage exit)