Salome Nke on Increment in number of AWCON Teams-“It is timely, we need Women’s African Champions League too”
One of the most successful Lady in the History of Equatorial Guinea Football Salome Nke has told kick442.com that the CAF decision is timely and will create room for more participants and more competition in the Women’s African Cup of Nations.
Speaking from her base in Equatorial Guinea, where she plays for and captain Estrellas de Waiso Ipola, the 7 times Equatorial Guinea league, 4 times Guinean Cup winner was quick to appreciate CAF’s move towards greater number of teams.
“I think it was time for CAF to do so, we have been playing an 8 teams AWCON for long and football is developing meaning we need to give more players more chance, fewer teams were given the chance in the passed because of less interest but now the interest in Women’s Football is growing.
“Looking at the men’s AFCON, this is a worthy adjustment just like Africa also needs more places at the World Cup, I am happy because there is a greater nations for nations that have never experienced it.
“It will broaden the competition and I wish CAF does more for Women’s football in Africa, we also need the African Women’s Champions League. We are not comparing with Europe but I think we need many competitions for Women to keep us up to speed” :
The multiple African Champion added.
“Sometimes it’s so boring to realize that after winning a national championship the club doesn’t have a bigger competition outside the country to test it’s strength”
5 times participants in the AFCON, 3 times finalists with two winners MEDAL in 2008 and 2012,the Cameroonian born Guinean defender has the to experience and success story to be discuss this subject.
The 30 year old defender who in the top flight championship in Equatorial Guinea and mentors the next generation of talents these days and has participated in nearly all competitions in the Women’s game including the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Nke’s trophy cabinet carries at least 13 major trophies won by in a her over a decade football career and still remains and important part of the Equatorial Guinea national team.
Origin of the Story:
Earlier this Wednesday CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad announced through his Twitter handle that the body was graduating from an 8 nations AFCON to a 12 Nations event following deliberations in Wednesday’s CAF executive committee meeting in Cairo-Egypt.
Angu Lesley in Cairo.
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