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Banyana looking to bounce back against Senegal

Banyana Banyana will be out to keep their CAF African Women Championship 2012 title hopes alive when they take on the much-fancied Senegal side, in a Group A fixture at Malabo stadium in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.

The match will kick-off at 3.30pm SA time with both the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana and Senegal in the hunt for points after their respective first round losses. On Sunday, the South Africans went down 1-0 to hosts Equatorial Guinea, while Senegal went down by the same scoreline to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Good news for SA, is that striker Noko Matlou has recovered from a head injury which saw her hospitalised during the match against Equatorial Guinea and is available for selection for Wednesday’s match.

The South Africans trained in the rain on an astroturf surface near the main stadium on Tuesday, with the main venue unavailable due to the state of the muddy field.
“We have analyzed Senegal’s style of play and believe we can outplay them,” said Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza.

“The state of the muddy field will be the same for both teams so we can’t focus on that. Playing the hosts Equatorial Guinea in the opening fixture was always going to be tough but that match is behind us and the players really want to do well. The spirit in the camp is high and we want to make sure that Banyana Banyana is still in the tournament for the semi-finals stage next week.”

On Thursday, The South Africans will leave the island to travel to the mainland city of Bata for their final Group A fixture, against the Democratic Republic of Congo, scheduled for Saturday.


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