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Caf postpones Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers


The SA under-20 women's team

Sports Reporter

 

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has postponed the first round 2021 Women’s World Cup qualifying matches, owing to the travel restrictions in countries on the continent.

Caf had earlier scheduled to hold the first round in September, before the second and third in October and November. The matches have been postponed indefinitely.

In the first leg between September 4-6, and second leg a week later,  Morocco were to face Algeria; Gabon was to play Congo, while Liberia would engage Cameroon, and Burkina Faso against Nigeria.

In other first-round fixtures, Ghana meet Guinea-Bissau and Senegal battle Tanzania, while Botswana play with South Africa, and Ethiopia face Zimbabwe.

In a statement Caf said due to travel restrictions owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the qualifiers, scheduled for September 2020, have been postponed.

“The first round first leg was fixed for 3-5 September 2020, with the return leg from 10-12 September 2020. The revised fixtures for the qualifiers will be announced in due course after consultation with various stakeholders. Meanwhile, Caf is monitoring the situation and working with relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly.”

Two teams will represent Africa at the final tournament from 20 January – 6 February 2021 in Costa Rica and Panama.