The sixth edition of the West Africa Football Union Cup of Nations kicks off in Thies, Senegal, on Saturday, with 16 of the region's sides -- with Sierra Leone having replaced guests Morocco -- contesting the two-week competition.
Morocco had been invited to participate in the tournament for the first time, after Sierra Leone were banned from international football by FIFA earlier in the year, but the North Africans withdrew on Tuesday.
Morocco's Football Federation had planned to send the country's under-23 squad to the tournament, but leading clubs in Morocco refused to release players for the tournament, prompting the federation to withdraw.
Sierra Leone, who are WAFU members, hence were called up to take back their slot after their ban had been lifted by FIFA.
The tournament kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 28, with home team Senegal playing Guinea-Buisau before Burkina Faso face off against Mauritania.
Ghana are the most successful team in the tournament's history, having won the past two editions in 2013 and 2017, both on home soil. Nigeria and Togo had won the previous two tournaments, in 2010 and 2011 respectively, after the first edition in 2002 was cancelled because of civil war in the host nation, Ivory Coast.
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