Basetsana to train in Germany

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Basetsana, coached by Anna Monate who has just returned from a month-long coaching course in the European country, will play the Germany Under-20 and their Netherlands counterparts during the camp from November 19-26.

In the preliminary round of qualifiers for the second edition of the Under-20 World Cup, Basetsana have been drawn to play Mozambique.

The first leg at home will be played on January 13 next year, with the return leg slotted in for a fortnight later in Mozambique.

If they win that duel, Basetsana will then face either Zimbabwe or Mauritius in April/May as the road to determining the three Caf representatives for the finals hits peak level.

But it is the trip to Germany that will give Basetsana reason to believe that they are putting their preparations on the right footing after lengthy spells working out at the HPC in Pretoria.

“The trip is basically to help the team get their preparations going ahead of the start of the qualifiers. We want the team to do better than they did the last time around,” says Fran Hilton-Smith (pictured), long serving women’s football administrator and Safa employee.

Meanwhile, the Under-17 women’s national team has been drawn to play Botswana in the preliminary round of qualifiers for the inaugural Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be held in New Zealand in November next year.

The first leg is at home on January 6 next year while the return leg will be played on the weekend of January 18-20 away in Botswana.

The winner of that preliminary round encounter then faces either Cameroon or Namibia in the next round in May.