Banyana Banyana striker, Portia Modise will don her 100th cap when she makes an appearance for the South African senior Women’s National team in the opening match of the CAF African Women’s Championship against tournament hosts, Equatorial Guinea at the Estadio de Malabo on Sunday, 28 October 2012. Kick-off (16h30).
The last time the two nations met was during the semi-finals of the seventh edition of the African Women’s Championship that took place in Ekurhuleni two years back. The South Africans claimed the bronze medal in that competition – going down to Equatorial Guinea in the semi-finals.
The Sasol sponsored senior women’s national team is in high spirits ahead of their first Group A encounter, determined to set the record straight at the expense of the hosts.
The South Africans completed a six-day camp in Yaounde, Cameroon, where they acclimatised themselves to the West African conditions, that they are expected to face in Equatorial Guinea.
The Palace Super Falcons (Sasol League, Gauteng) striker said that it will be an honour to make her 100th appearance for the national team and will be out to do her best against Equatorial Guinea in the opening encounter tomorrow.
“I made my Banyana Banyana debut back in 1999 and its exciting that I have come this far in the national team,” said Modise, who has scored 73 goals at international level.
“I know the match against Equatorial Guinea will be tough in that we’re playing the hosts on their home turf. I missed out on competing against Equatorial Guinea in 2010 and 2008, so I’m hoping to score and put our team ahead in the competition.”
Banyana Banyana face Senegal in the second group stage encounter in Malabo on Wednesday, 31 October before travelling to Bata for their final group stage encounter with DR Congo on November 3.
The semi-finals will take place in either Malabo or Bata on November 7, with the 3rd/4th place playoff and the title decider both scheduled for Malabo on November 11.
Head coach, Joseph Mkhonza says that his squad is ready for the competition ahead having acclimatised to the West African conditions and feels they can do their best against some of the top African nations with the aim of reaching the tournament finals.
“We are here now looking for positive results and we are aware that the hosts will have the home crowd behind them,” said Mkhonza.
“We have put the result of 2010 behind us and this will be a different game now as we hope to achieve success throughout the tournament.”
“It’s an achievement for Portia Modise having made it this far in national team colours, and we are approaching this game as a team and hoping that her acquired experience will help us achieve the targeted results.” said Mkhonza.