Kenya book first round date with Ethiopia following Botswana withdrawal

Rebecca Magoma

Kenya Women’s U-20 National Team is through to the first round of the 2018 FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifiers after their preliminary round opponents Botswana withdrew from the second leg of the qualifiers that was set for Friday 4 August in Machakos.

Kenya routed Botswana 7-1 in the first leg of the fixture at the Lobatse Stadium.

Kenya will now kick off preparations to face Ethiopia away in their first round tie.

The winner from the two-legged fixture will proceed to the second round of the qualifiers where the team will meet winner between Algeria and Ghana in the second round.

In other first round matches, South Africa will take on Namibia while Morocco will play against Senegal.

West Africa powerhouse Nigeria, will lock horns against Tanzania while North Africans Tunisia, will face Sierra Leone.

Guinea tackle Cameroon while Algeria welcome Ghana.

At the same time, Burundi will play Djibouti in the return leg of the preliminary round set for August 5.

Burundi won their first leg fixture with a comfortable 6-1 scoreline.

If Burundi wins the two-legged encounter, they will automatically qualify to the second round following Rwanda’s withdrawal from the qualifiers.

Only two teams from the African region will qualify to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in France in August 2018.

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