Sierra Queens of Sierra Leone will open their quest for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers against West African neighbours Mali in the first round qualifiers in the race to Ghana.

To qualify for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations billed for Ghana, the two sides will face off in the first round of qualification in February with the Queens hosting the first leg in Freetown before moving away to Bamako for the return leg.

If the Sierra Leone Queens are able to get passed their Malian opponent, they will have to face the winner between Morocco and Ivory Coast, who would also battle in the first round.

The tournament will also double as the qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The 2018 edition of the tournament will be held in Ghana from November 17 to December 1st.

Hosts Ghana qualified automatically, while the remaining seven spots will be determined by the qualifying rounds, which will begin on February 26, 2018.

The full draw for this year’s qualifiers includes; First Round: Senegal v Algeria, Libya v Ethiopia, Morocco v Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone v Mali, Burkina Faso v Gambia, Congo v South Africa, Kenya v Uganda, Lesotho v Swaziland, Tanzania v Zambia, Namibia v Zimbabwe.

Second Round: Senegal/Algeria v Libya v Ethiopia , Morocco/Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone/Mali, Burkina Faso/Gambia v Nigeria , Congo/Central Africa v Cameroon, Kenya/Uganda v Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho/Swaziland v South Africa, Tanzania/Zambia v Namibia/Zimbabwe.

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