11 February 2016

Botswana: Junior Warriors Draws Swaziland and Botswana in CAF Qualifiers

Namibia's Young Warriors will start their campaign for the 2017 u20 Africa Cup of Nations against Swaziland while the national u17 team will play Botswana in the 2017 u17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers first rounds to start in April and June 2016 respectively.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday released the draw for the two championships scheduled for next year with Zambia to host the u20 Africa Cup of Nations and Madagascar to organize the u17 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Young Warriors will start their campaign in the qualifiers with a first round clash against Swaziland, the first leg to be an away match on the weekend of 1 April and the second leg to be played in Windhoek on April 23. The winner of that fixture will then take on South Africa in the second round in May or June after which a third and final round awaits the winner for a place in Zambia next year.

The u17 team's journey starts in June by hosting Botswana on the weekend of 24 June with the Gaborone leg scheduled for the weekend of 1 July. The winner will go on to play Congo in the second round in August before the winner advances to the final third round of qualification to Madagascar 2017.

Apart from the Caf assignment from the youngsters, the u17 team will partake in the bi-annual Four Nations Tournament in March at Walvis Bay which will involve regular visitors Westphalia from Germany as well as two yet to be confirmed nations, while they will also be in Mauritius for the Cosafa u17 championships in August.

In December, the u20 team will form part of the African Sports Council Regional Five Youth Games in Angola for players born in 1999 while players born in 1997 will travel to Moruleng, South Africa to represent Namibia at the Cosafa u20 Championships.

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