FIFA U-17 WWC: CAF Qualifiers set for October

Rebecca Magoma

The African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has been set for October with preliminary round fixtures out.

Ten teams will take part in the preliminary round ahead of the finals tournament that is set for Uruguay in 2018.

Once again rivalry is expected as Ethiopia host neighbours Kenya in the first leg set for October 13 in Ethiopia.

In another fixture Libya will host Djibouti while Sierra Leone will play Gambia, whereas Mali will lock horns against Algeria. All the first leg matches will be played in October 13 while the return leg will be played in October 20.

South Africa, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria have been given byes from the preliminary stage and will start their campaign in the first round set for December 1.

Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon took part in the 2016 World Cup that was held in Jordan but failed to reach the knock-out stage.

New Zealand has qualified for Uruguay 2018 and joins the hosts following their win in the OFC U-16 women’s championship that was held in Samoa.

The Kiwis maintained their perfect record of featuring in every edition of the tournament since 2008.

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