By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon have become the first team to qualify for the fourth qualifying round of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022 after bordered neighbors Gabon withdrew from the ongoing qualifiers.
According to the Confederation of African Football, CAF the Central African nation pulled out its U20 women’s national team from the 2022 Costa Rica World Cup qualifiers although no valid reason has been mentioned.
“To all parties concerned by matches 61 and 62 Cameroon VS Gabon, FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2022. We regret to inform you that we have just received the withdrawal of the Gabonese federation”-a statement from CAF stated.
“Consequently, matches 61 and 62 are canceled as well as the missions of the designated officials. On the other hand, please note that the Cameroon team is automatically qualified for the next round of the competition “.
The women’s Under-20 national team of Cameroon were supposed to face Gabon in a double confrontation in December. The first leg was slated for this Saturday while the return leg a week later in Libreville. Coach Josephine Mike Ndoumou and the team had already heightened preparations in Douala after spending several weeks in camp in Yaounde.
Cameroon-who are on the hunt for a maiden appearance at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup- is now strongly still in the race to qualify alongside 15 other nations. Only the best two teams will represent the continent at next year’s world cup finals in Costa Rica.