COSAFA trio advance in FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup qualifiers

Botswana is through to the next round of the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers after a 2-0 victory over Namibia that secured a 9-0 aggregate success.

Goals from Obonetse Rathari and Keitumetse Dithebe were enough to take the game far away from Young Gladiators.

Namibia coach Uerikondjera Kasoana said her team showed signs of improvement compared to their first leg game.

“If we can have more time for preparations we will do much better and all is not lost as there is the AUSC Region 5 Games coming later in the year. We would like to wish Botswana all the best in their upcoming fixture,” said Kasoana

Her Botswana counterpart Jacquline Gaobinelwe said Namibia came prepared as compared to their first leg encounter.

“It was a tough game but our girls played according to instructions that we gave them, trust me we played much better today even though we did not score lots of goals as we did in Namibia. We will rectify our mistakes in our next camp,” said Gaobinelwe.

Botswana will now face South Africa in the next round. South Africa played to a 2-2 draw against Zambia and progressed 4-2 on aggregate.

Zimbabwe also advanced after they edged Malawi 2-1 on aggregate and will meet Ethiopia in the next stage.

The last time Botswana met South Africa was in 2018 AUSC Region 5 Games in which Basetsana were victorious, claiming a 1-0 win as they went on to lift the trophy.

First round fixtures:
Morocco vs Algeria
Gabon vs Congo
Liberia vs Cameroon
Burkina Faso vs Nigeria
Guinea Bissau vs Ghana
Senegal vs Tanzania
Ethiopia vs Zimbabwe
Botswana vs South Africa

By Gaone Pearl Kerileng