WAFU Cup of Nations (2017)

Joined: January 20th, 2009, 11:52 pm

July 28th, 2017, 8:24 am #1

A draw was held yesterday for a WAFU Cup of Nations.

16 teams from West Africa will take part in September, and every two years after that as part of a deal with Fox Sports.


I'll believe it when I see it, some teams are bound to pull out.

First round -Knockout round (split into CAF zones)
Second round - group stage
Semi-finals
Third/Fourth place match
Final
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Joined: January 20th, 2009, 11:52 pm

July 29th, 2017, 7:39 am #2

Unlike the African Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament which is restricted to players playing in domestic leagues of countries, WAFU permits unattached players overseas to feature.

''In this tournament we want the CHAN teams but regardless, if any country can get her players from Europe to come down an play, they will be accommodated so long as they have their passports to confirm they are natives,''  [General Secretary of WAFU Zone A  Jammel E.K] Bojan told Sportsnetghana.com

''It becomes a platform for players to be scouted and get teams to play for in the future, so for instance if Nigeria has a player outside the country who is not affiliated to any club, he can be included in the team.''
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Joined: October 31st, 2006, 5:16 pm

July 30th, 2017, 5:30 pm #3

Blue Lou wrote:
Unlike the African Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament which is restricted to players playing in domestic leagues of countries, WAFU permits unattached players overseas to feature.

''In this tournament we want the CHAN teams but regardless, if any country can get her players from Europe to come down an play, they will be accommodated so long as they have their passports to confirm they are natives,''  [General Secretary of WAFU Zone A  Jammel E.K] Bojan told Sportsnetghana.com

''It becomes a platform for players to be scouted and get teams to play for in the future, so for instance if Nigeria has a player outside the country who is not affiliated to any club, he can be included in the team.''
So, it is probably worse than a tournament for CHAN teams - a tournament for CHAN teams + some random guys from Europe who are not registered with any clubs.  Would be a shame if these matches are counted as official by FIFA.
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Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:28 pm

July 31st, 2017, 1:43 pm #4

Well, they're just saying that there are no explicit player restrictions, but obviously the FIFA calendar will preclude players based in major European leagues.  They could have some African players based in other continents' leagues, Asia and CONCACAF perhaps, depending on the timing.   But the situation is really the same as, say, CFU or AFC matches played outside of the designated international windows.

The effect is more pronounced in Africa of course, as the majority of top players (particularly in West Africa) are not based locally.
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Joined: January 20th, 2009, 11:52 pm

September 4th, 2017, 12:32 pm #5

It has an official website http://www.wafucup.com
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