25 January 2018 – Head coach of the South African U17 Women’s National Team, Simphiwe Dludlu, has called up 26 players to face Morocco in the second and final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.
Bantwana and the North Africans will lock horns in the first leg on Sunday, 4 February 2018 at the Dobsonville Stadium.
Kickoff is at 15h00 and entry is free.
The second leg is scheduled for two weeks later in Morocco on the weekend of 16-18 February 2018.
The overall winners will be one of three representatives from the African continent at World Cup tournament – the other clashes are between Ghana and Djibouti as well as Nigeria and Cameroon.
The 2018 FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup will take place in Uruguay from 20 November to 13 December 2018.
Dludlu has kept the bulk of the squad that did duty against Botswana in the previous round – brining 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).
Earlier this month, Dludlu called up a week-long training camp for her squad (Monday, 15 January to Saturday, 20 January 2018).
The South Africans proceeded to the second round following home and away victories over Botwana in the first round, while Morocco were a walkover after Equatorial Guinea withdrew from the qualifiers.
Both Bantwana and Morocco got a bye in the preliminary round.
North Korea are the defending champions.
South Africa last qualified for the tournament in 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago.
SA U17 Women’s National Team WC Fixtures:
Sunday, 4 February 2018
South Africa vs Morocco
16-18 February 2018
Morocco vs South Africa
Date and venue TBC
SA U17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TO FACE MOROCCO:
|2.||Leigh Brophy||UNIVERSITY OF CT|
|3.||Mananki Makhoana||SHINNING MOVERS|
|4.||Gugulethu Pitso||BLUE BIRDS|
|6.||Lonathemba Mhlongo||Tottenham FC|
|7.||Kaylin Jordan||HPC/SPURS FC|
|9.||Yolanda Nduli||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|10.||Fikile Magama||HEROES UNITED|
|11.||Cynthia Makete||ALL for 1|
|13.||Zethembiso Vilakazi||LINDELANI FC|
|14.||Miche Minnies||SANTOS FC|
|16.||Karabo Dhlamini||SUNDOWNS FC|
|17.||Thubelihle Shamase||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|20.||Sphumelele Shamase||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|21.||Chloe Valkin||WANDERERS FC|
|22.||Micaela Nunes||JVW FC|
|24.||Nicole Michael||University of Johannesburg|
|26.||Isabella Ludwig||RANDBURG FC|