SAFA Women's U-20 team

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SA Women’s U-20 team flock for World Cup

Following Banyana Banyana’s historic exploits in Australia and New Zealand, the Women’s U-20 are buzzing to show what they got.

SAFA Women's U-20 team

Image: South African Football Association.

The road to the 2024 FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup is starting. South Africa’s Basetsana will kick off qualifiers against Burundi.

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With the World Cup taking place in Colombia from 5-20 September in 2024, Africa is in the process of determining the two best nations to represent the continent.

Mzansi’s Basetsana, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2022, will take on Burundi in the second-round qualifiers in October before the third round in November.

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Lastly, four nations will emerge from the third round to begin a round-robin format to determine two representatives for Africa at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.


In the meantime, SA Women’s U-20 coach, Maude Khumalo, has selected a massive squad of 44 players that will later be reduced to 24 by 29 August.

“This training camp will be conducted with an eye on the World Cup qualifiers. It will assist us with looking at new players that have been there within the system before, and also new personnel. This is to help us find the best players that can represent the country very well,” Khumalo said via SAFA.

Khumalo added to highlight the work is coming tightly after the recent Senior Women’s World Cup, where Banyana Banyana historically qualified for the second round.

“It was not going to be easy to prepare because everything is happening almost at the same time. The main focus was Banyana Banyana at the World Cup.

“We also knew that the Under-17s and the Under-20s would start their qualifiers at the same time. I think what we need to do is to use the time we have to our best of our abilities in terms of making sure that we have friendlies, at least three.

“This will help us see if the team is gelling very well. Yes, there is something planned because the whole idea is that we can’t just go play qualifiers without playing any friendly matches. So I think friendly games  will help us a lot because the time is limited (before the qualifiers).

“The most important thing is to have the players playing friendlies so that we can see how they play together. It will be then easier for us as coaches to see our shortcomings and if there are players that need to be a part of the team that we didn’t select, it will help us going forward,” Khumalo concluded.


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