SAFA Excited Over World Cup Qualification
SAFA Declare Support For Bantwana Following World Cup Qualification
The South African Football Association has heaped praise on the South African U-17 women’s national football team, Bantwana, who are led by Simphiwe Dludlu.
This past Saturday, Bantwana qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup after securing a 6-1 aggregate victory over Morocco. This made the U-17’s the only national team to qualify for a FIFA World Cup after Bafana Bafana and Basestana failed to qualify for their respective World Cups.
SAFA’s Head of Communications, Dominic Chimhavi spoke to Soccer Laduma and said that the organisation is excited about the upcoming tournament.
“We are extremely excited at the achievement of Bantwana as they begin the chapter of representing the country and the continent at the biggest football stage of them all.
“Perhaps this achievement is more significant in its context. The accomplishment of Bantwana heralds a new dawn in women’s football. This is something that’s always been at the core of SAFA.”
"Bantwana have shown that sheer talent, determination and resolve that exist in women’s football in South Africa. SAFA remains committed to helping Bantwana have a successful World Cup campaign later this year," concluded Chimhavi.
Following their 1-0 victory over Morocco at the Stade Boubker Aamar in Sale this past Saturday, Bantwana returned back to South Africa on Sunday, where Head coach Simphiwe Dludlu will begin preparations for her charges to travel to Uruguay later this year.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup finals will take place from 3 November 2018 to 1 December 2018.