Basetsana on track ahead of 2nd leg of World Cup qualifiers

South Africa’s U20 Women National Team (Basetsana) are on track with their preparations ahead of the second leg of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica qualifier against Mozambique.

Head Coach Jabulile Baloyi has been forced to make changes to her initial squad after eight players withdrew due to various unforeseen reasons.

The team reported for camp on Saturday, 2 October 2021 and began training on Sunday morning for their Friday, 8 October 2021 encounter.

The South Africans currently lead 1-0 on aggregate and will be looking to qualify for the third round of qualifiers where they will play the winners between Kenya vs Uganda.

“Unfortunately we had a few challenges with some players who were not available for the return leg. A few have tested positive for Covid-19 while others were simply not released by their clubs.

This has put a little pressure on us as the coaching department but at the same time, this has opened doors for new players who we identified in the recent Engen tournament,”said Baloyi.

“We are under pressure as the only national team yet to qualify for a World Cup and I hope this time around, we will make it to Costa Rica,”concluded Baloyi.

The Basetsana versus Mozambique match will be played at 16h00 at Dobsonville Stadium.

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