COSAFA sides in World Cup qualification action

Three COSAFA nations will be in second leg action this weekend as they bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup that is set to be staged in Costa Rica from August 10-28.

All have some work to do to advance, with only two sides from the continent handed places in the 16-team global finals.

Botswana are away against Ethiopia needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg, which seems a tall order. Should they advance they will play Tanzania or Burundi in the next stage, with the former holding a 3-2 lead from their home leg.

South Africa are also behind in their tie but will hope to overturn the 1-0 deficit when they host Uganda on Friday.

If they do so they will meet the winners of the tie between Zambia and Ghana on Saturday, which is locked at 0-0 after the first leg in Lusaka.

It sets up the potential of an all-COSAFA meeting in the fourth round, which would in term mean at least one side from the region advances to the final stage.