“We have been very busy scouting the next generation of U-17 players and are very excited at some of the talent we have identified.”
These are the words of the U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) Head Coach, Simphiwe Dludlu as she her side will begin their Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Zambia in the 1st round on 28 February 2020 away from home.
Dludlu has made it clear that her goal is to guide Bantwana to their 2nd consecutive FIFA U-17 Women’s World to be hosted by India from 2 – 26 November 2020.
“We are looking forward to a very busy year with the aim of reaching the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. We managed to find some players from the schools’ league, the Sasol League and SAFA Women’s National League.”
Bantwana took part in the 2010 and 2018 World Cups under the leadership of Dludlu who is a former Banyana Banyana international.
“We begin our qualifiers against COSAFA counterparts Zambia, who are always a tough opponent. Our first camp will begin on 21 February 2020, where we will have an opportunity to bring in 30 players to have a look at before cutting the squad that will represent the country,” said Dludlu.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi