In 10 days, Africa’s premier women’s club competition, the CAF Women’s Champions League – will officially kick off in the cities of Korhogo and San Pedro.
The opening match will be played on Sunday, 05 November 2023 at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo at 17h00 local time (GMT). Hosts Athletico Abidjan will play Morocco’s Sporting Club Casablanca. Both clubs are making their debut appearance in the competition.
Athletico Abidjan are the first women’s club from Cote d’Ivoire to play in the CAF Women’s Champions League finals.
Eight Clubs will participate in the CAF Women’s Champions League 2023. The participating clubs include two previous winners: ASFAR from Morocco and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
The CAF Women’s Champions League is part of CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe’s vision of making African football globally competitive and self-sustaining and creating platforms for Women’s Football in Africa to develop.
Kanizat Ibrahim, CAF fifth Vice-President and Chairperson of CAF Women’s Football said: ‘’The third edition of CAF Women’s Champions League is a big reminder of how far we have come. When this event was launched in 2021, it was a bold step in the right direction. Today, many countries and clubs are looking forward to it. The CAF Women’s Champions League has enabled us to redefine women’s football in Africa and implement CAF’s women’s football strategy by providing new opportunities for women to play football and participate at the highest level.”
Korhogo and San Pedro are amongst the five host cities for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.
The Fédération Ivoirienne de Football (‘’FIF’’) President Yacine Idriss DIALLO said: “
Hosting the third edition of the Women’s Champions League competition is of utmost importance to us. We are proud to host it in Côte d’Ivoire, at two of the venues of the Africa Cup of Nations next January. We commend the efforts of the CAF President in promoting and developing women’s football on the continent and we are committed to this vision. FIF is working to develop women’s football, placing particular emphasis on training young girls with the creation of an Under-20 team. I wish every success to the eight women’s clubs taking part in this competition.’’
CAF Women’s Champions League, Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Groups:
GROUP A: Athletico Abidjan (CIV), SC Casablanca (MAR), JKT Queens (TAN), Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA)
GROUP B: AS FAR (MAR), Ampem Darkoa (GHA), Huracanes FC (Equatorial Guinea), AS Mande (Mali)