The 20-member SASOL Banyana Banyana squad arrived safely at the Union of Comoros, ahead of the first leg of their African Women’s Championship qualifer against the Comoros National Team.
The match is scheduled for Friday, 23 May 2014 at 14h00 SA time, and will be played at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh Stadium, in Mitsamiouli.
The team held their first training session on Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium in Moroni under extremely hot conditions, which were a concern for coach Vera Pauw.
“Our training session since our arrival at the Union of the Comoros has gone very well, and we are looking forward to the match this coming Friday.
“The ladies are very focussed, and understand the importance of returning home with a win,” said coach Pauw.
“The heat is a bit of concern for us, with temperatures in the low 30’s, but we will be well prepared for all conditions come Friday, to ensure that we make South Africa, our sponsors SASOL and SAFA proud,” she concluded.
SASOL Banyana Banyana lost 1-0 to the Black Queens of Ghana on Sunday afternoon, 18 May, in an international friendly match played at Dobsonville Stadium.
“The result against Ghana was not very vital, what was important was to identify areas which needed improvement. Generally, the girls played well but still need to work on being ruthless in front of goals,” said Pauw.
Pauw said the girls played well against Ghana, but were indecisive in front of goals. “Had we taken all our chances on Sunday, the final scoreline could have read differently. But overall, I am happy that we have a base to work on going forward,” she concluded.
The SASOL Banyana Banyana squad for the first leg of their African Women’s Championship qualifer against the Comoros National Team, at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh Stadium, in Mitsamiouli, on Friday, 23 May 2014 (14h00 SA time): Goalkeepers: Roxanne Barker (Pepperdine University) USA Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Johannesburg Thokozile Mndaweni (Creosus FC) Johannesburg Defenders: Nothando Vilakazi (Super Falcons FC) Johannesburg Amanda Sister (Liverpool Ladies FC) Port Elizabeth Janine van Wyk (JVW FC) Johannesburg Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies FC) Cape Town Letago Madiba (TUT Ladies FC) Pretoria Refiloe Jane (VUT Ladies FC) Johannesburg Simphiwe Dludlu (TUKS Ladies FC) Pretoria Nelisiwe Mchunu (JVW FC) Johannesburg Mamello Makhabane (Super Falcons FC) Johannesburg Midfielders: Amanda Dlamini (University of Johannesburg FC) Johannesburg Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers FC) Johannesburg Sanah Mollo (Mamelodi Sundowns FC) Pretoria Lebogang Ramalepe (Maindis FC) Polokwane Strikers: Shiwe Nogwanya (Bloemfontein Celtics FC) Bloemfontein Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC) Pietermaritzburg Ode Fulutudilu (Lee University FC) USA Portia Modise (Creosus FC) Johannesburg
Main photo caption: SASOL Banyana Banyana players Mamello Makhabane and Silindile Ngubane pictured during a very warm training session upon their arrival in the Comores, at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh Stadium, in Moroni. The national women’s team play the Comores national women’s team in the first leg of their African Women’s Championship qualifier, at 2pm on Friday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu / BackpagePix
(With editing by gsport)