The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have decided to postpone the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 qualifiers once again due to travel restrictions put in place across the African continent as a result of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The revised dates and fixtures for the qualifiers are yet to be finalised as CAF stated that they still have to consult with various stakeholders.
The World Cup qualifiers were initially scheduled to take place in March but were postponed to September due to Covid-19, but now the encounters have been put on hold indefinitely.
“Due to travel restrictions across parts of Africa as a result of COVID-19, the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 scheduled for September 2020 has been postponed,” said CAF in a statement over the weekend.
Basetsana (South Africa’s National Under-20 Women’s team) progressed to the U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying first round after beating Zambia 4-2 on aggregate back in February.
Coach Jabulile Baloyi’s ladies were held to a 2-2 draw by Zambia at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 1 February 2020 after claiming a 2-0 first-leg win in Lusaka in February.
The SA U-20 Women’s team were set to play Botswana in the first round, first leg in September in their quest to earn a place in the 2020 FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica/Panama.
In a statement, CAF said that they are monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly in the event of developments that will affect playing a match at the designated venue.
“The first round, first leg matches of the qualifiers were scheduled for 3-5 September 2020 with the return leg from 10-12 September 2020.
“Two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the final tournament from 20 January – 6 February 2021 in Costa Rica and Panama.”
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