Young Warriors gets Botswana in AFCON qualifiers

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The Young Warriors will have to overcome Botswana in the first round of the 2019 Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Niger, as the qualifiers start at the end of March in the main international youth football competition for CAF nations that is competed for by under 20 year olds and held every two years with the top four teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) over the weekend revealed the draw and Namibia will face neighbors Botswana at the first round with the first leg in Gaborone between 30 March to 01 April and the second leg in Windhoek slated for 20-22 April. The winner of the tie will proceed to the second round to face Congo in May with the winner of that meeting advancing to the third and final round of the qualifiers were Senegal or Egypt waits in July.

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 Johannesburg in the second round. They defeated Swaziland 4-2 in the first round.

In the 2019 qualifiers, 12 countries are exempted from the first round and are Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal , Sudan, South Africa and Zambia, by virtue of their qualification at the final tournaments of the last two editions in addition to the four teams who reached the last round of the qualifiers of the last edition which was won by Zambia in 2017.

The final tournament will be hosted by Niger in 2019 with the four semi-finalists qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, whose host will be announced next month.