September 7 – Jordan beat Tunisia in the final 1-0 to win the 2021 Arab Women’s Cup in Cairo, Egypt, the second edition of the competition that was first held in Alexandria in 2006.
It was perfect preparation for the Jordanians who begin their AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers in a couple weeks against Bangladesh and Iran to in Tashkent on September 19 and 25 respectively.
The Arab Women’s Cup is organised by the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) that covers the Middle East and North Africa.
The 2021 edition saw seven teams compete – Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan and Tunisia.
Jordan opened their campaign with a loss 3-1 against Algeria – the winners in 2006 with 1-0 victory over Morocco. But in their second group game they overcame Palestine 4-1 with two goals from star forward Maysa Jbarah.
In the semi-finals Jordan beat Egypt 5-2, setting up the final with Tunisia who had lost to Algeria on penalties in the other semi-final.
Jbarah confirmed her star status in the final, scoring five minutes from time to secure the win. The strike in the final was her sixth goal in four games.
A scorer in both the 2014 and 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cups, and the continent’s top scorer in qualifying for the 2018 edition, the 31-year-old Jbarah has played professionally in France since the last time the AFC’s best teams met three years ago.
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