Young Warriors get Botswana in Afcon qualifiers
26 Feb 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) The Young Warriors have been drawn to play Botswana in the first round of the 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), which will be hosted by Rwanda.
A media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association on Monday said the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has scheduled the first leg for the weekend of 30 March to 01 April, where Namibia will play away against Botswana in Gaborone.
The second leg will be in Windhoek during the weekend of 20 to 22 April, with the winner set to play Congo Brazzaville in May in the second round.
The winner of that meeting will advance to the third and final round of the qualifiers, where Senegal or Egypt awaits, in July.
Under-20 players compete in the youth football tournament which is held every two years, with the top four teams qualifying for the International Federation of Football Associations (Fifa) U-20 World Cup.
In the last qualifiers for Zambia 2017, the Young Warriors lost 2-0 on aggregate to South Africa, after a goalless draw in Windhoek and losing 2-0 in Johannesburg in the second round.
They defeated Swaziland 4-2 in the first round.
The final tournament will be hosted by Niger in 2019, with the four semi-finalists qualifying for the 2019 Fifa U-20 World Cup, whose host will be announced next month.