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Banyana Banyana in Cyprus for Women’s Cup
- Updated: February 27, 2013
Our Banyana Banyana national women’s soccer team have arrived safely in Paralimni, Cyprus for their final preparations before the┬áannual 12-Nations Cyprus Women’s Cup that kicks-off next Wednesday.
The Sasol sponsored senior women’s national team will use this final week of preparation to acclimatise and finalise combinations before their┬á opening Group C match against South Korea on Wednesday, March 2013 (2.30pm kick-off) at the Tasos Marko Stadium in Paralimni.
Banyana Banyana mentor Joseph Mkhonza has been happy with the developments in the team thus far and he will be hoping that early arrival in camp will further benefit the team’s preparations.
ÔÇ£Being in Cyprus a week before the kick-off of the tournament will allow us all the opportunity to get used to the weather patterns in this country. It will be very important for us to prepare well for this tournament with the aim being to play for a better position in this years’ competition,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.
ÔÇ£We would once again like to thank SAFA and Sasol for the continued support of women’s football in South Africa by allowing our girls to compete at the highest levels of international football,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.
The team will train twice a day in Paralimni on Wednesday and Thursday once on Friday at the match venue in Larnaca in preparation for their friendly match against New Zealandon Saturday.
Captain Amanda Dlamini added that the mood in camp was great with everybody competing for a place in the team. ÔÇ£The introduction of the five new caps has brought about a positive competitive and vibrant spirit to the team. Our preparations are on track and everyone is looking forward to the┬ánext two weeks of the tournament. We have set ourselves a target this year and everyone is looking to ensure that we get there,ÔÇØ said Dlamini.
SA’s Cyprus Cup fixtures
Wednesday, 6 March
South Africa ÔÇô South Korea┬á┬áTasos Marko, Paralimni (2.30pm)
Friday, 8 March
Republic of Ireland – South Africa┬áTasos Marko, Paralimni┬á (2.30pm)
South Africa – Northern Ireland┬áTasos Marko, Paralimni┬á (2.30pm)