Banyana ready for Botswana

Sasol Banyana Banyana have completed their preparations ahead of their international friendly match against neighbours Botswana.

The squad held their final training session at the Isak Steyl Stadium, University of Technology in Vanderbijl Park where the match will be played on Saturday, 07 June 2014. Kickoff is at 15h00.

Head coach Vera Pauw concentrated mainly on tactics in their one-hour training session.

”We are looking forward to this match and we can’t wait for tomorrow where we will go full strength at our opponents. Unfortunately we have only one injury, defender Amanda Sister failed to recover from her groin injury, but the rest of the players are fit and raring to go. Tonight I will announce the 21 players who will form part of the playing squad from the 26 that we have,” said Pauw.

“What I would like us to see against Botswana is that we are in full control of the match both defensively and in attack. By that I mean I want to see teamwork, all the players working for each other all over the pitch and I believe if we can get that right we will emerge victorious.”

Her words were echoed by striker Leandra Smeda who was on the score-sheet when South Africa defeated Comoros in the first leg of the 2014 African Women’s Championships qualifier held in that country two weeks ago.

“We played very well against Comoros and I believe we will continue from where we left off when we face Botswana. Yes, tomorrow will not be as easy as it was in Comoros but I am confident we will do well against them. Training went very well this week and we put in a lot of work which should give us positive results tomorrow. I also think I will score again,” said Smeda.

Botswana arrived in South Africa on Thursday, 5 June and held their training session at the match venue on Friday afternoon (6 June).