The South African Senior Women’s National Team (Banyana Banyana) will be looking to leave the Olympic Games on a high note, when they take the challenge to World Cup champions Japan in their final Group F fixture. The match will be played on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Kickoff is at 14h30 (15h30 SA time).
Despite defeats to Sweden and Canada, captain Amanda Dlamini’s team will leave the world’s greatest sports showpiece richer in football experience. This could prove to be of major value as they prepare to put in a bid to lift the CAF African Women Championship 2012 title in Equatorial Guinea in October this year.
The results in the first two matches mean Banyana Banyana will not progress to the next round.
But the sports world will remember the team for the superb strike from 45 metres out by forward Portia Modise which resulted in South Africa’s historic first goal in Olympic Games women’s football history, during the team’s 4-1 loss to Sweden in their debut Games appearance.
Japan, ranked No 3 in the world, go into the match against South Africa at the back of Group F outings which saw them record a 2-1 win over Canada and a goalless draw against Sweden.
“We are looking forward to the match against Japan, as our styles are similar in that they like to keep and play the ball on the ground, and so do we. We had hoped to do well in our opening two matches to stand any chance of proceeding to the next round, but it was not to be, and I would like to applaud the whole team for giving their all.
“We have one match remaining in the competition and we are confident we can come with a positive result even though we know it won’t be easy,” said Dlamini.
“On behalf of Banyana Banyana, I would like to thank SASCOC, SAFA and our loyal sponsor Sasol, for all the support that they have given to our team and it was a privilege to be a part of Team SA at the London Olympics. We have learnt so much from these two games and we hope they will put us in good stead when we challenge for the AWC title later this year.”
Olympic Games Women’s Football Group F (SA Fixtures and Results): SA 1-4 Sweden (Coventry, England) SA 0-3 Canada (Coventry, England) 31 July – 15h30: SAvs Japan (Cardiff, Wales)
The Banyana Banyana Squad: No – Position – Name 1 – GK – Roxanne Barker 2 – MF – Robyn Moodaly 3 – DF – Nothando Vilakazi 4 – DF – Amanda Sister 5 – DF – Janine van Wyk 6 – DF – Zamandosi Cele 7 – FW – Leandra Smeda 8 – MF – Kylie-Ann Louw 9 – MF – Amanda Dlamini 10 – MF – Mary Ntsweng 11 – FW – Noko Matlou 12 – FW – Portia Modise 13 – MF – Gabisile Hlumbani 14 – FW – Sanah Molo 15 – DF – Refiloe Jane 16 – MF – Nompumelelo Nyandeni 17 – FW – Andisiwe Mgcoyi 18 – GK – Thokozile Mndaweni The Japanese Squad: 1 – GK – Miho Fukumoto 2 – DF – Yukari Kinga 3 – DF – Azusa Iwashimizu 4 – DF – Saki Kumagai 5 – DF – Aya Sameshima 6 – MF – Mizuho Sakaguchi 7 – FW – Kozue Ando 8 – MF – Aya Miyama 9 – MF – Nahomi Kawasumi 10 – MF – Homare Sawa 11 – FW – Shinobu Ohno 12 – DF – Kyoko Yano 13 -– FW Karina Maruyama 14 -– MF Asuna Tanaka 15 – FW – Megumi Takase 16 – FW – Mana Iwabuchi 17 – FW – Yuki Ogimi 18 – GK – Ayumi Kaihori