Basetsana Eye Twin Burundi Ties in 2024 U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifier Series

Head Coach Maud Khumalo has announced the names of the 23-strong SA U20 Women’s National Team to play Burundi over two legs of their first round of 2024 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday, 8 October. File Photo: SAFA

SAFA has announced the names of the South African U20 Women’s National Team, to play Burundi over two legs of their first round of 2024 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, in Johannesburg on Thursday, 5 October 2023

Both matches – home and away legs – will be played in South Africa, after Burundi requested to host their home match on Sunday 8 October 2023, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. 

Burundi’s stadiums are not CAF approved, and cannot host international matches.

The second leg of the qualifiers will be hosted by South Africa a few days later, on Wednesday, 11 October 2023, and will be played at the same venue. Both matches are scheduled for 3pm kick off.

Basetsana have been in camp for a week now and will be looking to progress to the next round of qualifiers, on their road to Colombia 2024. The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will be hosted from 31 August – 22 September 2024.

Head Coach Maud Khumalo is looking forward to the challenge, and has called up players most of who have international experience at U17 level.

Khumalo emphasised the importance of this team’s success:

“The U20 Women’s National team is under immense pressure, as this is our only national team that is yet to qualify for the FIFA World Cup but this is the year that we have to deliver.”

“We have drawn a lot of inspiration from what the Senior National Team has achieved in the last two years, and have emphasised to the players that they are the next Banyana Banyana generation and that the journey starts here at U20.”

Basetsana Head Coach Maud Khumalo

“We have had a good week of training and have worked on areas that failed us in the past,” said Khumalo, “Therefore, we are confident that we will get good results against Burundi over the two legs.

‘’It is important that we take advantage of playing both matches at home because this is a blessing in disguise. We must take full advantage,” concluded Khumalo.

The 23-Member Basetsana Team for the Burundi Fixtures in Africa’s U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers Series

1. Casey Gordon (Goalkeeper) JVW FC, Gauteng
2. Kgomotso Msimang (Goalkeeper) TS Galaxy FC, Gauteng
3. Naledi Nkosi (Centre Back) Super Strikers FC,  Gauteng
4. Mmabatho Mogale (Defensive Centre Midfielder) Tuks FC, Gauteng
5. Portia Masilela (Right Back) Home Sweepers FC, Gauteng
6. Nthabeisng Majiya (Forward) Richmond Ladies FC, Northern Cape
7. Nomphelo Yakuphi (Left Wing) Copperbelt FC, Limpopo
8. Adrielle Mibe (Left Wing) UJ FC, Gauteng
9. Cimone Sauls (Left Back)  JVW FC, Gauteng
10. Lindelwa Mabuza (Central Midfielder) Mamelodi Sundowns FC, Gauteng
11. Sandra Mabi (Left Forward) UJ FC, Gauteng
12. Ayanda Mkhize (Defensive Centre Midfielder) Durban Ladies FC, KZN
13. Asanda Mchunu (Right Wing) Dlala Ntombazana FC, KZN
14. Sinamile Mkhwanazi (Central Midfielder) Tuks FC, Gauteng
15. Londeka Mkhwanazi (Forward) Dlala Ntombazana FC, KZN
16. Lumka Qhekeka (Right Wing) Mamelodi Sundowns FC, Gauteng
17. Olwethu Sosibo (Central Midfielder) Dlala Ntombazana, KZN
18. Pertule Perterson (Right Wing) TS Galaxy FC, Gauteng
19. Zoe de Kock (Forward) Hotspurs FC, Western Cape
20. Kutlwano Maphane (Forward) Mamelodi Sundowns FC, Gauteng
21. Mihle Lumko (Forward) HPC FC, Gauteng
22. Gositang Motshegwe (Defensive Centre Midfielder) Coal City Wizards FC, Mpumalanga
23. Ntando Phahla (Centre Back) Sunflower, KZN


Photo Caption: Head Coach Maud Khumalo has announced the names of the 23-strong SA U20 Women’s National Team to play Burundi over two legs of their first round of 2024 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday, 8 October. Photo: SAFA

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