Reality check for happy-go-lucky en route India 2020

The race for the three available continental tickets towards the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India later this year enters another gear this weekend with six crucial First Round first leg ties.

In January unfancied sides with gusto virtually painted the continent with goals with a cumulative 54 goals recorded over two legs in seven preliminary matches bar the cancelled tie between Namibia and Zambia.

The Zambians join the fray against South Africas Bantwana who were drawn bye into the First Round.

Bantwana Head Coach Simphiwe Dludlu said Fridays fixture against their Zambian hosts to be played at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka is an opportunity to show how prepared they are while they seek a third appearance at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup following their previous appearances at Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 and 2018 in Uruguay.

We are looking forward to a busy year where we will be looking to qualify for our second consecutive FIFA World Cup which will be hosted by India from 2 29 November 2020 Dludlu who led the team to Uruguay 2018 hinted in an interview with South Africa Football Associations website.

We have a long road ahead of us because we have to rebuild the squad teach the players our methodology and ensure that they keep up to date with their schooling; we have managed to scout players that we believe can give us the results we want and with a lot of hard work we have the ability to get the results away from home.

In another interesting pairing Black Maidens of Ghana who are the only African side to have qualified for every edition of the womens youth tournament since its launch in 2008 will travel away to Monrovia for the first leg of their tie against Liberia.

The Liberians complete with striking sensation Blessing Kieh a student-athlete at the Monrovia Football Academy caused a stir last month when they whitewashed Niger 4-0 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and completed the job with a flattering 5-0 away win at Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey.

The Maidens under new coach Baba Nuhu will be hoping to get off their campaign on a good footing ahead of the return leg in a fortnight.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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