August 24, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone U-20 team were second time luck as they qualified to the next round of the 2018 FIFA women’s World Cup qualifiers without kicking a ball after the withdrawal of Tunisia from the competition.
At first it was Libyan who withdrew at the Preliminary Round of the competition paving the way for a smooth ride for Sierra Leone to face the Tunisians in the first round; however, the Tunisians have also pulled-out give the West African nation a leeway to the second round of the qualifiers
A statement from the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) confirms the Sierra Leone Women’s Under-20 team progressed to the last eight of the qualifiers citing a letter from the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) dated August 23rd and signed by the Competitions Director, Shereen Arafa.
The SLFA information stated that, CAF confirmed that the fixtures of both legs between Sierra Leone and Tunisia have been canceled quoting a CAF letter which reads: “We regret to inform you that the team of Tunisia withdrew from the Africa preliminaries FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, France 2018 qualifiers. Consequently, the above matches are canceled and Sierra Leone team is qualified for the next round.”
Sierra Leone and Tunisia were earlier on billed to play the first leg in Tunis on September 15 with the return leg in Freetown two weeks later with the Tunisians withdrawal; Sierra Leone will now play the winner between Guinea and Cameroon with the first leg schedule for November 3rd and the return leg two weeks later.