The Black Queens of Ghana will face arch rivals and defending champions Nigeria in the first round of the qualifying series for the 2022 Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Morocco.

The two African Women’s football giants were drawn against each other following the draw at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday.

The Qualifying series are divided into zones, one of Nigeria or Ghana, who are both housed in WAFU Zone B, will miss out in the tournament next year.

Ghana last hosted the tournament in 2018 and have participated in each of the CAF Women’s AFCON tournaments since the inaugural edition in 1991 together with Nigeria

The winner of the first round tie between Nigeria and Ghana will face Niger or Cote d’Ivoire in the second round.

Morocco,  who are the host country have automatically qualified and as a result, 44 countries will take part in the qualifiers.

This will be the first edition under the format of 12 teams.

The qualifying series will start during the international window of June 2021 and end before the final tournament in Morocco scheduled from July 2 to 23, 2022.

The Total Women’s AFCON is also a qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023.