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- Updated: June 20, 2012
The London Olympics are less than 40 days away now and our South African senior women’s national soccer team (Banyana Banyana) are continuing at pace with preparations in Nelspruit ahead of the return leg of their international friendly match against Nigeria.
The clash will take place at the TeslimÔÇôBalogun Stadium in Lagos on Saturday with kick-off at 4pm.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana played to a 1-1 draw against the West Africans in the home leg two weeks ago (3 June) at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng near Rustenburg.
Head coach Joseph Mkhonza is aware that time is ticking and preparations have to be taken seriously.
The team has been working on video analysis of the previous encounter against Nigeria as well the home and away encounters against Zambia in the African Women’s Championship qualifiers, which South Africa has now qualified for.
“We are nearing this big tournament (Olympics) and with the technical assistance we receive we are trying as hard as we can to build on the success of qualifying for the African Women’s Championship. After looking at the previous four matches we’ve played in preparation for the AWC qualifiers, looking at the past match against Zambia, we need to up the tempo in our style of play as we’ll be put the test against experienced countries in the Olympics,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.
“But our focus is now on Nigeria where we need to get a good result despite them having the advantage of playing at home. In London we will be away from home, and getting used to such conditions will help us a great deal. Also we have to organise ourselves well when we lose the ball.ÔÇØ
Banyana Banyana fly out of Nigeria immediately after the match and are scheduled to arrive in South Africa on Sunday morning.