Gambia draws Ghana in WAFU Cup of Nations

BY: Vincent Ashitey, Prime News Ghana

The Gambia have been drawn with defending champions Ghana in the opening match at the 2019 edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations in neighbouring Senegal this September.

The tournament will run from September 28 to October 13 with all matches taking place at the Stade Lat Dior in the beautiful city of Thies.

Unlike the 2017 edition which had groups, this year’s competition will take a different format. The upcoming tournament has been set up in a Cup and Plate format, with each team playing a minimum of two matches.

The draw on Wednesday decided the first eight fixtures for the first phase of knockout matches with the winners of those matches progressing into the Cup phase of the competition while the losers will go into the Plate phase.

The first match of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations will take place on 28 September and will see the host nation in Senegal taking on Guinea Bissau. This will be followed by the defending WAFU Champions Ghana taking on The Gambia on the same day.

September 29 will see the Super Eagles of Nigeria taking on Togo, followed by Morocco against Liberia.

The following day, Mali will take on Niger while the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will face the minnows of Cape Verde.

The quarter-finals of the Cup and Plate competition will then take place from 3-6 October with the semi-finals happening from 8-9 October.

The final of the plate competition will take place on 12 October with the Cup final concluding the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations on 13 October.