National Under-17 women's team coach Simphiwe Dludlu wants her players to be ready for the World Cup
Posted: 31 May 2018 Time: 10:21
Coach of the national Under-17 women’s team, Simphiwe Dludlu, says they need to expose the players to international football before the upcoming World Cup in Uruguay in November.
Dludlu was at the World Cup draw held in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday and Bantwana were drawn into Group B alongside Brazil and Japan, while there is still an opening for a CONCACAF country.
The CONCACAF representatives will be decided next month. Six teams will battle it out for three spots in the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, to be held in Florida, USA.
Those teams are: USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bermuda and Haiti.
Dludlu is hoping they can play international friendlies before the competition.
“I would not say it’s an easy draw because all the teams that we are grouped with are experienced as they have been there before.
“If you also look at the CONCACAF teams that still have to qualify, the favourites [are] USA, Mexico and Canada, and don’t forget Haiti because they surprised everyone and qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. So this certainly tells you that whichever team we will get from CONCACAF is also not going to be an easy side to play,” Dludlu told SAFA's website.
“The long and short of it is that it is not going to be an easy one. We will be up against the best of the best, which makes it clear for us that our planning needs to be very vigorous. It must be the kind of preparation that says we know what we want, and must include a lot of friendlies. We need to expose our team to international football as much as we can before the tournament.”
The World Cup will be played from November 13 to December 1.