The official draw of the 2022 African Cup NSW Men’s Competition took place on Saturday at the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Centre in Blacktown, Sydney.
Twenty (20) teams representing nations from across the African continent will battle for the title in the 22nd edition of the tournament, starting on 15 October 2022. Last year’s tournament included players from over 30 different nations participating in a festival of football.
Following the culmination of a pulsating 2020 tournament, 20 nations return for this year’s competition including defending champions South Sudan, runners up Liberia and third-placed side South Africa
Two nations will be welcomed back to the competition led by former champions South Sudan and Liberia looking to make an impact upon their return.
African Cup NSW President, Bernard Muchemwa, said: ” This Year with no Covid in the way we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to hold the African Cup NSW in 2022. We are happy to welcome everyone from all nations, to come down and support their Nation”
With the top position in the draw, South Sudan will commence their title defence against returning powerhouse Liberia. With the women’s Winner, Sierra leone will be defending their Championship.
The tournament will once again be hosted in partnership with A-Leagues club, the Western Sydney Wanderers with their football complex home to the African Cup NSW for the third year.
“We would like to once again acknowledge and thank the Western Sydney Wanderers for their unwavering support of this tournament for a third year,” Muchewa said.
The 2022 theme for the African Cup NSW is #NoLimit with the tournament providing a platform for players and coaches to enjoy the game and work to achieve their unlimited potential – on and off the pitch. On the pitch, 2020 African Cup NSW participants Charles M’Mombwa and Lachlan Rose (DR Congo) secured A-Leagues deals, while Jing Reece (South Sudan) earned a move to AGF in Denmark.
Off the pitch, several members of the African Cup NSW community continue to help build their local neighbourhoods with their efforts in social work, aged care and supporting youth from the African diaspora.
Many former African Cup NSW players return in 2022 to continue the tradition as coaches and administrators to foster the next generation.
With the women’s competition set to expand and a boys segment returning, the 22nd edition of the African Cup NSW is set to be the biggest yet.
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