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U-20 WWCQ: Walkover for Ghana’s Princesses as Mauritania withdraw

The five-time U-20 Women's World Cup campaigners now await Zambia or Malawi.

Ghana have qualified for the third round of the African qualifiers to the Costa Rica 2022 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup following the withdrawal of Mauritania.

The Black Princesses – who resumed preparations in July – have been getting ready to face the Mauritanians in a two-legged affair on September 25 (away) and October 9 at home.

But the Mauritanians, who similarly advanced to the second round as a result of Tunisia’s decision to skip the qualifiers, have also towed the same line, handing Ghana a walkover.

“We regret to inform you that we have just received from Mauritania FA a correspondence informing us of their withdrawal from FIFA U-20 WWC 2022.

“Consequently, matches 23& 24 are cancelled as well as the missions of all designated officials.

“On the other hand, kindly note that Ghana is automatically qualified for the next round of the competition,” the Confederation of African Football (Caf) informed the Ghana FA in a letter two weeks to the scheduled first leg encounter.

Ghana’s opponents in the third round of the qualifiers will be the winner of the tie between Zambia and Malawi.

The African qualifiers to the 2022 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup will run through to the fifth round after which two teams will emerge as representatives of the continent.

The Black Princesses are in search of a ticket to a record 6th straight Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup outing.


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