30 December 2018 – All eyes will be on the South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) as they attempt to qualify for their second FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.
Bantwana, who assemble for camp today (Tuesday, 30 January 2018), will take on Morocco on Sunday, 4 February at the Dobsonville Stadium.
Kickoff is at 15h00 and entry is free.
Following the failure of the South African U20 Women’s National 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.
This will be the sixth edition of the competition.
North Korea won the last edition.
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).
Earlier this month, Dludlu called up a week-long training camp for her squad (Monday, 15 January to Saturday, 20 January 2018).
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.
SA U17 Women’s National Team WC Fixtures:
Sunday, 4 February 2018
South Africa vs Morocco
17 February 2018
Morocco vs South Africa
|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|