The South African Under-20 national soccer team are currently out in Lusaka, Zambia, preparing for their first round, first leg FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier against the hosts at Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday, 18 January 2020.
Head coach, Jabulile Baloyi, spoke out on the training sessions and the fitness of the players as they get ready to take on their opponents.
“Our first training session went well. It showed progression from our first to our last training sessions before we go into the match,” Baloyi told SAFA Media.
“We can see that the girls are buzzing, they’re getting their groove back because we were worried about the lack of competition and then that in-season we were struggling with fitness but looking at the first session and the last session, we saw that our ladies are actually getting their groove back.”
Baloyi brought in several players who featured in the national team that represented at the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup to bring in their experience as Basetsana are yet to qualify for an U20 World Cup.
“I think that we are blesses as a technical team to have such good players who are also hungry to continue making history, to continue making the country proud, to say out of million other girls in South Africa, only they were chosen and they were chosen on merit,” she concluded.
FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifier Fixture:
15h00: Zambia vs South Africa, Nkoloma Stadium
Photo 1 Caption: The South African U20 national team pictured ahead of their first round, first leg FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier clash against Zambia at Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday, 18 January 2020. Photo: @SAFA_net on Twitter