Banyana Banyana play their final African Woman’s Championship encounter today at 4pm (SA local time), in the continental tournament’s third/fourth place play-offs against a physical Cameroon in a now-familiar Oleh Stadium.

“Cameroon is no push-over, they’re very physical, a very strong team, very hard, so we’re expecting a tough game,” Fran Hilton-Smith told gsport today, “But we’re going out there to at least get a Bronze medal, so we can come home with some silverware.

“They want to go out to show that they are the team that should have been in the finals, and they’re going out to do well in this match,” said Hilton-Smith.

The senior women’s soccer team are considered unlucky to have lost 1-0 to the Black Queens of Ghana on Tuesday, with an estimated thirty shots on goal for the South Africans without success outdone by a penalty in the match’s dying moments.

Brigitte Mohlale, in goals for an injured Itumeleng Chimeloane, could not hold a wet ball, and being dispossessed, brought down a Ghanaian to concede a penalty, which was converted by Florence Okoe for a jubilant Ghana.

“The team’s fine, of course we’re all devastated that we’re not in the final,” Hilton-Smith told gsport. “It will take us a long time to get over the disappointment of the game the other night, because we had over 30 shots (on goal), and we couldn’t score a goal, and they had one penalty…

“So, that just makes it worse for us, but we’re trying to come to terms with that. It’s not easy, but today’s another day, and we’re going out for a win.”

“We’re fielding our strongest team,” Hilton-Smith added. “Two of the players are injured, Mpumi Nyandeni and Bongiwe Radebe picked up knocks in their game against Ghana, so we won’t be starting with them. If needs be, we can put them on for part of the game, but we’re going out there obviously to win.

Itumeleng’s fine, we’ll be starting with her today,” said Hilton-Smith on the goalkeeper Chimeloane’s earlier injury. “In the last game we started with Brigitte because Itumeleng was not 100%, and we didn’t want to risk putting her on and after one dive, we have to make a substitution… But today she’s 100%, and we’re starting with her.

“Even though we never got to the final, it’s still the best performance by the team since 2000, so we’re quite proud of that,” concluded Hilton-Smith.

The Ghanaians progress to the finals against hosts and defending champions Nigeria’s Super Falcons tomorrow at Warri, with both teams qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup in China.