SAFA President pleased with SA national teams

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Following the South African U-17 Men’s national team qualification to the 2021 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Morocco, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan says that the first objective of AFCON qualification has been achieved.

Amajimbos will play Zambia on Sunday for the COSAFA Men’s U-17 Championship title.

“The AFCON tournament in Morocco will serve as qualification for the FIFA Junior U-17 World Cup. This qualification underscores SAFA’s Vision 2022 of seeing most, if not all of our national teams qualifying for major tournaments,’’ Dr Jordaan told SAFA.net.

“The U-23 qualified for the Tokyo Olympics and will be one of the three African teams that will represent the continent in Japan, while COSAFA Champions Banyana Banyana will start the CAF AFCON qualifiers next year buoyed by their terrific recent form which has seen them win the regional tournament for the fourth consecutive year.’’

The SAFA President also added that Bafana Bafana are in a good position to qualify for the 2021 Cameroon AFCON tournament as they currently sit second in Group C with the same number of points as group leaders Ghana (nine).

The national football governing body put on record that the U-17 women’s national team is a match away from qualifying for the FIFA World Cup while their U-20 counterparts need to negotiate three games to qualify for the World Cup as well.

“It has been some eventful year on the field of play with JVW and MaIndies being promoted to the SAFA Women Super League, while Bizana Pondo Chiefs and Pretoria Callies were promoted from ABC Motsepe League to the GladAfrica Championship, a phenomenal achievement,’’ the SAFA President concluded.

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By Mauwane Raophala

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