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Changes in U-20 & U-17 AFCON qualifiers

During the continent football governing body’s Executive committee meeting which was held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, in Cairo, it was confirmed that the qualifiers of the next edition of the U-20 & U-17 Africa Cup of Nations will be played as a zonal final tournament by the 6 zones of CAF.

Each zone will organize a final tournament that will qualify to CAF final tournament: AFCON U-17, Morocco 2021 and AFCON U-20, Mauritania 2021.

The Zones are responsible for opening the engagements, the choice of the host country subject to CAF validation, and the format of the tournament.

Two teams will qualify from each zone except of the zone of the host country of CAF final tournament (Morocco for the U-17 and Mauritania for the U-20) which will qualify only one team in addition to the team of the host country which is automatically qualified.
[12:41, 13/12/2019] Tumo Mpatane: Concerning the format of the final tournament, the Executive Committee decided to adopt the attached format.

As for the dates of the qualifiers of the U-17 zonal final tournaments, they should be played from 15th June to end July 2020.

The U-20 zonal final tournaments should be played from 1st October to 21st October 2020 or from 4th to 24th November 2020

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Preparations going accordingly

Zebras assistant coach Keitumetse Paul says Batswana should not be bothered by Zambia and support their team at this point in time. Paul said the technical team had to strategize on how they will get the team in the shape that is needed ahead of the AFCON qualifier.

Paul, who is also the national under 20 head coach, said he was currently taking charge of the Zebras in the absence of head-coach Adel Amrouche. Amrouche is set to return from Belgium this Friday. Paul highlighted that the head-coach is very much in charge of the team as he gives direction on training session, and is consulted on daily progress.

Paul highlighted the importance of supporting the Zebras. He said the Zebras have the heart and they are fearless as they continue to prepare for Novembers international games.

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