Africa’s U20 Women’s World Cup 2020 qualifiers postponed due to COVID-19

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The Women’s Under-20 World Cup trophy. COURTESY: Action Images via FIFA

CAF announced the postponement of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which were due to take place next month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The qualifiers were expected to take place over two legs between September 3-5 and September 10-12.

“Due to travel restrictions across parts of Africa as a result of COVID-19, the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 scheduled for September 2020 has been postponed,” CAF said in a statement.

CAF said that it will hold discussions with the relevant stakeholders after which it will announce dates for the rearranged games in the qualifiers.

“Meanwhile, CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly in the event of developments that will affect playing a match at the designated venue.”

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is expected to be held next year from January 20-February 6 in Costa Rica. The tournament was initially to be co-hosted with Panama but it pulled out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the tournament.

The best performance by an African country at the tournament is a runners-up finish. Nigeria did it twice in 2010 and 2014 losing the final on both occasions to Germany. Nigeria also finished fourth in 2012 losing the third/fourth place playoff to Japan, the current champions.

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