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South Africa Women’s Under-17 side receive World Cup qualifying bye

Posted: 23 December 2015 Time: 17:04

Zambia women's Under-17 side have pulled out of facing the South African women's team in next year’s World Cup qualifiers, thus handing the South Africans a free passage through.

Zambia were set to face the young South Africans ladies side in the first lef on 9 January, but various problems in the country, mostly pertaining to financial issues, has forced them to pull out of the schedule fixture.

This means that the SA U-17s have been handed a walker over and will progress to the the final round of World Cup qualifiers, with the date and opponents yet to be announced.

"Yesterday we were informed that Zambia, who were supposed to play against our  u-17 women's team, have withdrawn from the qualification for the under-17 World Cup," Safa president Danny Jordaan told

"Our team is now through to final round of the under-17 women's World Cup qualifiers because of this.”

When ask if CAF presented reasons to the federation on why Zambia decided to pull out at such short notice, Jordan said there were not informed.

"I don't know,” he said. “We were just informed by CAF that Zambia have withdrew their under-17 team. There are some issues also in Zambia, I'm sure you may assume," he added.

The women's U-17 World Cup will take place next year in Jordan, kicking off on 30 September.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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