The left side Sakina Karchaoui, injured Thursday with Paris SG, must forfeit the next two matches of the France team in qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, the Federation confirmed on Monday, announcing the first call for Lyonnaise Selma Bacha.
The PSG player, holder of the Blue, came out with an ankle injury against Real Madrid Thursday in the Champions League (2-0 victory) and was not on the match sheet Sunday against Reims (7-0) in the league .
This package opens for the first time the door of the French team to Selma Bacha, a 21-year-old Olympique Lyonnais player, well known to the youth teams where she has about fifty appearances, as well as a title of European champion with the under 19s in 2019.
The Lyonnaise, training side, has helped out on the left wing of the attack this season in the absence of Amel Majri, seriously injured and unavailable for many months. Named best player of the month for October in D1, she has signed five assists and three goals since the start of the championship.
« She’s one of the players that I am, but you also know full well that building a team takes time. I decided to trust the group that I have been selecting for a while, even if we can see some movements, since some young people have left the group“, Said Thursday the coach Corinne Deacon, questioned about the initial absence of Bacha.
The France team, first in its group after four successes (12 points), receives Kazakhstan (5th, zero points) on November 26 in Vannes and Wales (2nd, 10 pts) on November 30, in qualifying for the 2023 World Cup.