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.