The South African U-17 Women’s National Team is in a rebuilding phase, with new players drafted in as the squad are currently in a training camp, preparing for the 2019 COSAFA U-17 Women’s Championship held in Mauritius.
After the team’s second practice match against a Soweto Select squad that ended in a 6-0 victory for the South Africans, head coach Simphiwe Dludlu feels that there are still certain areas that her charges will need to work on.
“We played a second match, good scoreline, certain areas we improved and certainly some areas we obviously needed some distance from the opponent, though we didn’t get it as much, but I think our structure is quite clear how we played and where we need to improve, so that even if we get opponents that are not as strong we need to know how to capitalise and still keep it simple and yet classy,” she said.
“I think we got into the right areas and the weather also challenged us because it was hot and we were playing on an artificial pitch and it’s what we will get also at the tournament, so it was good exposure for us to see how the girls respond to that.”
Dludlu agreed that there are concerns that she has as the team wrap up their preparations.
“Yeah, there are always concerns because this is a fairly new team, only three players come from the old that we had. So, starting from scratch you are teaching principles as to how we play at the national team, how we prepare for a competition. I don’t think I have enough time to really say I am ready fully to go to the tournament, but we are getting it right step by step,” she ended.
Bantwana will depart on Thursday, 19 September to Mauritius.
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s U-17 national team in preparation for the 2019 COSAFA Women’s U-17 Championship that will be held in Mauritius from 20-29 September. Photo: @SAFA_net on Twitter