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- Updated: May 12, 2012
The South African senior women’s national team are set to focus on ironing out technical and tactical errors as they prepare for the African Women’s Championship qualifiers scheduled to take place later this month.
Joseph Mkhonza, head coach of the Sasol-sponsored and 2012 Olympics bound Banyana Banyana said he is concentrating all his efforts on finding the perfect combinations as the players resume with preparations at the High Performance Sports Institute at the Potchefstroom University.
Mkhonza will be without the services of Mamello Makhabane who has been pulled out of camp due to a recurring injury she sustained during the Olympic qualifiers. Makhabane will follow a rehabilitation programme but her absence will be felt as she was a key player who assisted the national team achieve the dream of qualifying for the London Olympics.
ÔÇ£It’s a knock that Mamello has had to withdraw from the squad as she played an essential part in helping the team qualify for the Olympics. She was one of the rocks of this team, but I am almost certain that with the depth we have in the squad, we will fill her position for the time being, and I want to say that the door is still open should she recover on time. For now all we can do is wish her a speedy recovery,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.
USA-based goalkeeper Roxanne Barker has already joined her compatriots at the training camp in Potchefstroom.
The Banyana Banyana squad is still waiting upon Texas-based Kylie-Ann Louw who is expected back in SA on Friday, 18 May, due to a graduation ceremony she has to attend at her University.
Mkhonza is aware they have little time to attend to areas that need special attention ahead of the Olympics but believes they will be ready come competition time.
“We have come a long way with our preparations for London. We now need to focus our attention on tactical and ball skills in front of goals. We know that time is not on our side, so we have to be thorough with our final preparations between now and the end of July. But we are optimistic we will get everything right before we leave for the Olympics because the technical team and the players are working hard to realise this London dream,” said Mkhonza.