Ghana's national U-20 women’s team, the Black Princesses preparations for their upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier against Guinea-Bissau scheduled for September will be put on hold after CAF postponed the qualifiers for a second time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CAF postponed the qualifiers due to the travel restrictions by countries on the continent due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The first round of the first leg encounters was scheduled for the September 3-5 and the return leg from 10-12 September.
The postponement means teams that have started preparations including the Black Princesses ahead of the game will have to put them on hold indefinitely.
“Due to travel restrictions across parts of Africa as a result of COVID-19, the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020 scheduled for September 2020 has been postponed.”, CAF said in a statement.
The continental football governing body also said the revised fixtures for the qualifiers will be announced in due course after consultation with the various stakeholders.
Two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the final tournament from 20 January – 6 February 2021 in Costa Rica and Panama.
The Black Princesses were supposed to begin camping last weekend ahead of the qualifiers in September.
The COVID-19 task force team had met with the technical handlers of the team to brief them on protocols to be observed at the training camp over the week.
All players, technical staff and essential service providers were to go through the mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival in camp.
Meanwhile, the postponement of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers would also mean Ghana’s female U-17 team, the Black Maidens’ preparations for their upcoming 2020 FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier may be put on hold due to the current ban on travel restriction across the continent.
The Black Maidens will face off with Nigeria in the qualifier scheduled for October and the return leg in November.
Black Maidens Head coach Baba Nuhu has invited 30 players to begin camping ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier against in Nigeria.