The draw for the 2017 edition of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament has been held successfully at a short ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
The competition which starts on September 9 and ends on September 24 has been categorized into two rounds.
The first round entails a knockout format where winners would be drafted into two groups of 4 teams each.
The 16-nation competition is sponsored by FOX Networks Group (FNG) who signed a mega partnership deal with the West Africa Football Union (Wafu) last year.
The tournament to be hosted by Ghana will have two venues, Takoradi and Cape Coast.
Find below the full draw results.
ZONE A (Takoradi)
Ghana vs. Gambia
Nigeria vs. Sierra Leone
Mali vs. Mauritania
Guinea vs. Guinea Bissau
Matches would be played on September 9th.
ZONE B (Cape Coast)
Senegal vs. Liberia
Burkina Faso vs. Niger
Ivory Coast vs. Togo
Benin vs. Cape Verde
Matches would be played on September 10th.
FIRST ROUND (Knockout)
SECOND (Group stage of two with four teams)
IN A RELATED DEVELOPMENT, The prize money for the maiden Wafu Cup of Nations 2017 to be hosted by Ghana is pegged at US$100,000, a document available to starrsportsgh.com indicates.
A breakdown of the prize monies to all participating teams available to starrsportsgh.com are as follows:
Winner – USD100,000 (One hundred thousand dollars US)
Runner-up – USD 50, 000 (Fifty thousand dollars US)
Third place – USD 25, 000 (Twenty-five thousand dollars US)
LOSERS OF 1/8 FINALS
Fourth place – USD 10, 000 (Ten thousand dollars US)
Four teams– USD 10,000 (Ten thousand dollars US) each
LOSERS OF THE 1/ 4 FINALS
Four (4) teams x USD 5000 (Five thousand dollars US) each
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the Winners, runners-up and third place.
WAFU/FOX will also cater for air travel, hotel accommodation (full board & lodge) and local transport costs for all participating teams in the Tournament.