Banyana coach reacts to Awcon draw

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Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis has admitted that her side have been handed a “difficult” draw in the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Awcon), Morocco 2022.

South Africa will face Mozambique in the first round of the Awcon competition after the draw was made at the Caf headquarters in Cairo on Monday.

The Awcon first-round two-legged matches will be played between June 7-15 of the upcoming Fifa women’s calendar.

Coach Ellis’ troops will be aiming to do well in this tournament and qualify for the Fifa World Cup slated for Australia and New Zealand in 2023.

The four semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the Fifa World Cup, while the two other spots will be involved in the playoffs.

“We are very excited that the draw has finally taken place, it has been a frustrating year for women football because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the two-time Caf Women’s Coach of the Year.

“Mozambique match will be a tough encounter and we are glad that we have played them in the Cosafa tournament before, therefore we know their strengths and weaknesses.

Meanwhile, Caf further conducted two more draws on the day: African Qualifiers for the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 and the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022.

The South African U-17 National Women’s Team will only play in the third round of African qualifiers against the winners of Equatorial Guinea and Kenya for the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Basetsana will lock horns with DR Congo or Sao Tome in the second round of Africa qualifiers for a shot at the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup.

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By FARPost Reporter

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