SA continue bid for place at FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup

South Africa will continue their bid to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup when they take on Morocco on Sunday at the Dobsonville Stadium.

Kickoff is at 15h00 and entry is free.

Following the failure of the South African Under-20 women’s team to qualify for the World Cup, all hopes now lie with ‘Bantwana’ to secure one of the three available slots for the African continent in the women’s U17 world cup category.

The tournament will be held in Uruguay, South America, from 20 November to 13 December.

South Africa last qualified for the tournament in 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago, with the likes of Jermaine Seoposenwe and Rachel Sebati – who are now with Banyana Banyana – being part of the squad.

Bantwana progressed to the second and final round of qualifiers after defeating Botswana 6-4 (11-6 on aggregate) in the second leg played at the Dobsonville Stadium in December.

The South Africans won 5-2 in the first leg, which took place in Botswana.

Morocco made it to this round following a walkover against Equatorial Guinea, who withdrew from the qualifiers.

South Africa and Morocco got a bye in the preliminary round.

Bantwana head coach Simphiwe Dludlu has named a squad of 26 players to face the North Africans.

Dludlu has brought in four new players: defender Lonathemba Mhlongo (Tottenham FC), midfielder Zethembiso Vilakazi (Lindelani FC) as well as strikers Nicole Micheal (University of Johannesburg) and Isabella Ludwig (Randburg FC).

Bantwana and Morocco, who have already arrived in South Africa, will meet again in the second leg scheduled for the weekend of 16-18 February in Morocco.