Assistant coach of Nigeria’s women national team Maureen Madu has welcomed the decision of CAF to increase the number of participating countries at the biennial Africa women cup of nations tournament from 8 to 12 countries and believes this will provide opportunity for other countries to grow.
Madu told footballlive.ng that the new format will raise the competitive level and provide more openings for emerging nations to thrive.
She admitted that it will also challenge the top teams to prepare harder because of longer pathway to the final non terms of more games to be played.
“For CAF they know why they increased the number but I think it’s a welcome development and it will give opportunities for other countries to prepare well and for some to feature at the tournament.
“It’s going to be a longer pathway because there will be quarter final matches.
“So teams will have to be at their best with more knockout games playing through the quarter final, semi final up till the final.”