Banyana qualify for championship as Comoros withdraw after 13-0 thrashing

2014-05-28 08:52

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The South African women’s soccer team qualified for the ninth African Women’s Championship after the withdrawal of Comoros.

The Comoros Football Federation withdrew from the competition yesterday after their women’s team was beaten 13-0 by South Africa last Friday.

Comoros were scheduled to travel to South Africa next week for the second leg on June 7.

The 2014 African Women’s Championship will be held in Namibia from October 11 to 25.

The tournament will also be used as qualification for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, with the top three qualifying for the finals in Canada.

“It is very unfortunate that Comoros had to withdraw from the qualifiers as it is not very good for the development of football in Africa. Even though I understand where they are coming from, I believe coming here to play their match would have been more beneficial for them as they would have learned a few other things,” said Banyana Banyana head coach Vera Pauw.

“On the other hand, I am quite ecstatic about qualifying for the championship in my first stint with Banyana Banyana, and I believe it is something worth celebrating. I am really looking forward to the tournament, but we should not forget the bigger picture is to qualify for the Women’s World Cup in Canada. Going to the championship means we are a step closer to achieving that dream.”

Pauw said the withdrawal had not dented her preparation programme.

“Just yesterday we were mapping the way forward and fine-tuning our programme. Despite the setback of Comoros not coming, we are already looking for a match to play for that weekend because we need to keep the girls active. We will still be in camp regardless,” she said.

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