Dludlu ‘happy’ to see youth women’s competitions back


The South African U-17 women’s national team coach Simphiwe Dludlu is delighted to return to work despite the challenges and risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes after the draw of African Qualifiers for the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup which was conducted at the Caf headquarters in Cairo a week ago.

Bantwana will only play in the third round of African qualifiers against the winners of Equatorial Guinea and Kenya.

“It’s good to see women’s football kick-starting especially the youth football competitions because since the start of the COVID-19 in 2020 we couldn’t carry on the World Qualifiers,” said Dludlu.

“I just wish Caf do more competitions to get all the teams ready for the qualifiers eventually for the World Cup so that we don’t just prepare for qualifying but actually go to the World Cup and do well as African teams.

The 33-year-old mentor went on to say that they are looking forward to starting afresh with the new, more balanced team as the previous squad have graduated to the South African women’s U-20 national team.

“We are happy about the draw even though it’s a bit confusing as to how it will end. As for us, we are starting off with a new team in South Africa because all of the players who were part of the previous team have graduated to the U-20. It’s going to be a huge challenge but we are keen to succeed with help of the association and clubs,” she says in conclusion.

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By Mauwane Raophala

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