Tough draw for South African national teams
Posted: 6 March 2012 Time: 12:55 pm
South Africa's junior sides have been handed tough draws in the next World Cup qualifiers but have byes directly into the second round.
South Africa's Under-20, who hosted the last African Youth Championships in April, have been drawn against Congo in the second round of the qualifiers later this year. If South Africa get past Congo, they will play either Nigeria, Sudan or Tanzania in the next knockout round in September and October. The winner of that match goes through to the 2013 finals in Algeria, from which the African sides to progress to the next Fifa U-20 World Cup in Turkey will be decided. At Under-17 level, South Africa have drawn to play Zambia with the first leg at home in mid-October and the return game a fortnight later. The winner of the tie then meets either Ghana or the Gambia for a place at next year's African U-17 Championships in Morocco. The next Fifa World Cup at Under-17 level will be played in the United Arab Emirates at the end of 2013.