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Banyana take on boys

Banyana Banyana came up against the boys and got the better of them in Stellenbosch this weekend.

In a lengthy training camp as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London later this year, the national women’s soccer┬á side outplayed the FC United boys’ Under-15 side 3-2 in a practice match.

Sanah Mollo, Leandra Smeda and Noko Matlou all scored for the national team leaving head coach Joseph Mkhonza impressed with the progress being made by the players since their arrival in camp in the first week of January.

ÔÇ£The national training camp, made possible thanks to SAFA and our team sponsor Sasol, has allowed for the players to undergo major endurance training and to focus on strength elements in the gymnasium, but I am impressed with the way in which the players are combining on the field,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.

ÔÇ£I must make it clear that the door is still open for other players to make the national squad if they are able to show the skill, determination and discipline that is required at the highest level.

“Next month, Banyana Banyana will participate in the Cyprus Women’s Cup against some of the top women’s football nations and after that tournament we will have a good idea of our standing ahead of the Olympics in London in July,” he added.

Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini believes the camp has been fruitful.

“The spirit among the players is high and everyone is pushing really hard at training as nobody wants to be left out of the travelling party for the trip to Cyprus and the Olympics. Training has been very tough but the warm conditions here in Stellenbosch will make us physically stronger and prepare us well for a testing 2012 season,” said Dlamini.

The national training camp will end on Sunday, 29 January with the players due to report back for further training in Stellenbosch eight days later (6 February).