U17WWC buildup: South Africa U17 wrap Spain tour

South Africa U17 Women

The South Africa U17 Women’s National Team are back home after a successful eight-day tour of Spain.

Bantwana played two friendlies in Spain, defeating Levante (U17) 4-2 and drawing 1-1 with Valencia (U20).

Lonathemba Mhlongo scored a brace, and Karabo Dlamini and Miche Minnies a goal apiece in the win.

Ember Edwards scored Bantwana’s sole goal in the draw to wrap up the tour made possible thanks to a Safa-La Liga partnership.

Coach’s remarks

Bantwana were using the tour to continue their preparations for the 2018 U17 Women’s World Cup.

“We have improved a great deal on match fitness—previously we were good for about 60 minutes, but now we can go all the way to 90.

“We can certainly improve on our finishing and communication between the players on the field is not as good.

“But overall, I am happy with what I saw,” Bantwana’s Coach Simphiwe Dludlu told Safa.net.

The former Banyana Banyana captain was also impressed with the attitude of the squad, which comprised nine new players.

Bantwana U17 WWC buildup

Bantwana commenced their World Cup preparations with an 8-2 thrashing of USA select side Goals For Girls in a friendly in July.

They then defeated India 5-1 in their BRICS Tournament opener before drawing 0-0 with Brazil and falling 2-1 to China.

The World Cup-bound side drew 2-2 with Russia in their final match of the BRICS tournament held in July to seal a third-place finish.

South Africa, Ghana and Cameroon will be Africa’s torchbearers in the World Cup to be held in Uruguay on 13 November to 1 December.

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U17WWC Groups

Group A: Uruguay (hosts), Ghana, New Zealand, Finland (debutants)

Group B: Mexico, South Africa, Japan, Brazil

Group C: USA, Cameroon, Germany, Korea DPR (holders)

Group D: South Korea, Spain, Canada, Colombia

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