Banyana’s WC Quest Begins

Banyana Banyana face Algeria tomorrow in Oleh, Nigeria, in their opening match of the 2006 Fifth African Championship for Women’s Football.

Banyana are determined to make it to the final of the women’s CAF tournament, which will see them qualify as one of two African representatives in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China.

Algeria pose a threat of the unknown for South Africa’s national women’s soccer squad, as both the team composition as well as their playing style is unknown to the Banyana coaching squad.

Questioned about Algeria shortly before their departure for Nigeria, coaching supreme Fran Hilton-Smith was confident of a win in the team’s opening match.

“Both of South Africa’s opening matches will be against fairly unknown quantities,” said Hilton-Smith.

“We’ve never played against either of them before, but we must assume that they will be weaker than Cameroon and Ghana, who we’ve beaten before.”

For a preview of the tournament, see the Newsroom’s build-up and match schedule here.

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