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Bantwana U17 in Nigeria for World Cup qualifier

The South African U-17 national women’s football team, Bantwana, have safely arrived in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria and are settled in their hotel.
Bantwana left for Abuja on Tuesday evening and are in this part of the world to take on the Nigerian Flamingos in the first leg of the third round of the 2016 Jordan FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier.
Bantwana will host Nigeria in the return leg on Saturday, 26 March at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, Johannesburg.
The away leg in Abuja will be South Africa’s first official match in the World Cup qualifiers after their opposition in the previous round, Zambia, withdrew from the competition.
Nigeria booked their spot in the third round after beating Namibia 9-0 on aggregate in January this year.
Bantwana’s stand-in coach Maude Khumalo is aware of the threat that the West Africans pose, but insists that they will not be bullied out of an opportunity to qualify for Jordan.
‘We will not be a walk over for the Nigerians, we intend fighting for this qualifier. South Africa missed out on the last World Cup and would want to change that. The girls are very hungry, very determined and motivated by the prospects of their future. A win is very important so we that we return home with less pressure and hopefully finish off the job in Johannesburg,’ said Khumalo.
The clash kicks off at the Abuja National Stadium in Nigeria at 5pm (SA time) on Saturday.


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