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Banyana look to cement semi-final spot against DR Congo
- Updated: November 2, 2012
Banyana will be looking to progress to the next round of the CAF African Women Championship when they face the Democratic Republic of Congo in their final Group A fixture, in Bata, Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.
The Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s football side are in high spirits following their 1-0 win over Senegal on Wednesday, and will go into the match (5.30pm kick-off) in search of a win ÔÇô with a draw almost certain to secure their path to the semi-finals.
Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza was a keen observer as hosts Equatorial Guinea crushed the Congolese side 6-0 on Wednesday, but a draw in Bata is not a part of his strategy.
“We play football to win, and even though the hosts crushed the Democratic Republic of Congo to weaken our opponent’s goal average, we are not banking on that,” said Mkhonza.
“Our goal has always been to do our best in this tournament in a bid to improve on our African ranking of fourth and our world ranking of 56th. Being an Olympic year, it’s been a busy on the┬á 2012 calendar, but the players want to finish the campaign off in the best way possible.”
A South African win or draw in Bata will almost certainly see Amanda Dlamini’s team end second behind the host country in Group A and stay on the Equatorial Guinea mainland with a semi-final encounter against Group B powerhouse Nigeria on 7 November ÔÇô┬á Africa’s No 1 ranked┬á side ÔÇô the likely project for next week.
ÔÇ£We have our hopes set high on making it as far as we can in the tournament. We created plenty opportunities in the previous encounter against Senegal┬á and will be looking to create and capitalize on chances we create up front in the┬á encounter against DR Congo tomorrow.ÔÇØ Said Dlamini.
The third/fourth place play-off and title decider both scheduled for 11 November will take place at the Malabo Stadium.