COSAFA Under-20 women on World Cup trail

The second legs of the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup first round qualifiers will be staged this weekend with four COSAFA nations in action.

South Africa and Zambia are well placed to advance to the next stage, where they will meet each other, while Namibia face a daunting task and Botswana the impossible.

South Africa defeated Botswana 8-1 in their first leg a fortnight ago and it would take one of the great surprises in football history were Botswana able to overturn that deficit, albeit on home soil.

Zambia are leading 4-0 from their away leg in Tanzania and should have no problem completing the job at the home.

Namibia trail by the same deficit after they lost 4-0 in DR Congo, and must show a vastly improved performance to get themselves back in the tie.

Namibia coach Bertus Bock was very realistic about the teams’ chances.

“We need to work on making sure we keep the score-line respectable. We are at home and we need to make sure we hold our own against DR Congo. Our team is very young and they need this exposure for them to grow and understand the nature of African football.”

Bock adds that local support will come in handy on Sunday afternoon.

“It will not be an easy game and we need all the support we can get from our home supporters. This is a national team and Namibians should come and help the girls to perform better.”

Other teams expected to advance having held good first leg advantages are Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.