Confederation of African Football (CAF) have revealed Morrocco as the host nation for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Congo was the destination of the 2020 edition until they pulled out in July 2019, leaving the mundial without a host before the event was eventually cancelled due to the outbreak of Coronavirus the following year.
The competition now has 12 teams competition for the crown instead of the normal eight team tournament.
“Morocco has been designated host of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations,” interim Caf president Constant Omari confirmed in his response to Goal during a press conference on Friday.
After Congo pulled out from hosting, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea also came up to host the tournament but reports have revealed that the inability of either of the nations to get the backing of their government gave Morocco the edge.
Morocco will now be the country to benefit from the change, as the tournament takes place on North African soil for the first time.
The Atlas Lionesses have only appeared twice at the tournament, first at Nigeria 1998 and South Africa 2000. They’d feature for the third time, while hosting for the first time in their history.