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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018

South Africa 

South Africa team photo

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
South Africa competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup for the first time at Trinidad and Tobago 2010, where they lost all three of their group matches. Uruguay 2018 represents their second qualification for the world finals at this level.

The road to Uruguay
South Africa started their qualifying journey with a 5-2 win over Botswana in Lobatse and followed that up with a rollercoaster 6-4 victory in Johannesburg. The goals continued to flow when they defeated Morocco 5-1 in the first leg of the second round. In the return leg in Sale, Morocco, they put up a more modest 1-0 result, but more importantly, it was enough to seal Bantwana's place at Uruguay 2018.

The coach
Former national team captain Simphiwe Dludlu is in charge of the U-17 women's side. Dludlu, who is also a motivational speaker, is the first former player of South Africa's women's senior team to lead her country at a World Cup. After securing qualification to Uruguay 2018, she said: "So, as a team, it's not just a milestone that we've achieved. We are excited about the growth of women's football in the country. We are excited by the interest that will be sparked by us qualifying - to that young girl out there that wants to play football, that doesn't believe she can have a career or can dream of kicking a ball as a girl."

The stat
40 - Bantwana midfielder Sibulele Holweni scored from well over 40 yards out against Morocco in South Africa's final match of qualifying - a 1-0 (6-1 on aggregate) win on 17 February 2018.