By Basil K Mbuye
The month of March is a busy one for the various levels of the national football teams as they will play eight matches with four of those games at home and four away.
At the level of the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers for the Under 17, the cadet lionesses on Sunday, March 1, thrashed Sao Tome at their own backyard 4-0. They will welcome the Sao Tome side on Saturday, March 14 at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium to settle the return leg.
The Under 20 Lionesses will also be in action this March when they face Liberia on Sunday, March 22 at the Antonitte Tubman Stadium. This will be in the quest to pick a ticket to represent the continent at the FIFA Women’s World Cup for Under 20. The return leg will come up on Friday, March 27 at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium.
Meanwhile, at the senior level, the Indomitable Lionesses are in a crucial position as they chase a ticket to represent the continent at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They will be playing the last and final round of the qualifiers against Zambia.
The Indomitable Lionesses will welcome Zambia on Thursday, March 10 at the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium. Five days after, they will be in Zambia on Tuesday, March 10 for the return leg. Should they fail to win the double confrontation, they will have to face Chile in a playoff in their last chance to make it for Tokyo 2020.
On their part, the Indomitable Lions will resume their 2021 Africa Nations Cup, AFCON, qualifiers when they welcome a ticklish Mozambique side on Thursday, March 26 at the Douala Reunification Stadium. The return leg will take place at the Maputo National Stadium on Monday, March 30.
Although they are the host of the 2021 AFCON, the new CAF rules stipulate that the host country should take part in the qualifiers unlike before.
In all, the Under 17 Lionesses, U-20 Lionesses, the Indomitable Lionesses and the Lions will all be busy this March with each having to play two games.