A new-look Banyana Banyana departs South Africa this afternoon for the first leg of a home-and-away series against Angola, after the coach wielded the axe to free his team of underperforming strikers.
Senior women’s soccer team Banyana Banyana have salvaged pride and honour by placing third in the 5th African Women’s Championships, after beating Cameroon’s Lionesses 5-4 on penalties after drawing 2-2 at the final whistle last night.
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.
Banyana Banyana have failed in their bid to make it to the finals of the African Women’s Championship, after losing 1-0 to the Black Queens of Ghana, who scored from a penalty awarded in the dying moments of last night’s pivotal semi-final.
“Obviously the pressure is on us and on them, because both teams want a spot in the World Cup, so it’s going to be flat-out stuff tonight,” a confident Fran Hilton-Smith told gsport today, as Banyana Banyana prepares for their final hurdle in efforts to reach the FIFA 2007 Women’s World Cup.
In a rivalry dating back to 1991, Nigeria had the better of Banyana Banyana on Friday in Oleh, south-west Nigeria, in a final Group A match having significance only in pride and passion.
The South African National Women’s Soccer Squad, Banyana Banyana leave for Nigeria from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 3:30pm this afternoon, and their flight will be all the more significant for having just met former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
The head of Women’s Football in New Zealand, Michele Cox, has been in South Africa shadowing Banyana Banyana’s preparations for the African Women’s Championships, as a part of her input in FIFA’s Com-Unity project.
Banyana Banyana, the national women’s soccer team is progressing well in their efforts to prepare for the African Women’s Championships, according to Fran Hilton-Smith, coach extraordinaire.
On a visit to the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria last week, I called in on the national women’s soccer team to check in on their preparations for the African Women’s Championships in Nigeria later this month.