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- Updated: June 9, 2013
Seven new Banyana Banyana players were out to impress coach Joseph Mkhonza ahead of the friendly match against Mozambique scheduled for Sunday.
The team went through another training sessions on Friday at Ingwenyama as the battle for starting places intensified. That was a return to normal routine following a morning off and a visit to local schools in Kanyamazane.
The team was high in confidence during the training session and the players were upbeat as they put in the final preparations for the game.
The Sasol-sponsored team boasts a total of 477 caps and has seven uncapped players in the squad for Sunday’s game. This squad gives the coach a perfect balance of experience and youth. The coach will be looking to some of the more senior players to guide the team on Sunday.
ÔÇ£I am really happy with the way the team has come together. The training game that we played allowed me the opportunity to try out new combinations and they seem to be working well for the team. All the girls have trained really hard this week and I am confident that the team will do well against Mozambique,ÔÇØ said Mkhonza.
The seven uncapped players, Mahlatsi Mogola, Nelisiwe Mchunu, Zingawe Phakathi, Namwethu Nyusani, Nwabisa Kolisi, Nkosingiphile Zungu and Primrose Ndlozi will all be looking to get on the field and earn their first national cap against Mozambique.
For goalkeeper Primrose Ndlozi, getting her first cap at Kanyamazane will have added significance as she is from the area.
ÔÇ£I am really excited about the game against Mozambique, the team has been working really hard preparing for the game. If I play this will be my first game for the national team and the fact that it will be in front of my home crowd is going to make it much more special,ÔÇØ said Ndlozi.
Gabisile Hlumbane and Primrose Ndlozi are the only two injury worries. Ndlozi has a slight shoulder injury which could see her miss the game on Sunday and Hlumbane has a foot infection. Both players did not train on Friday night.
ÔÇ£The team is looking really good at the moment, the new players have settled in to the team well and they have all put up their hands for a place in the starting line for Saturday. The game against Mozambique is going to be a tough one but I believe that the team has put in enough effort at training over the last week to get a positive result,ÔÇØ said veteran defender Janine van Wyk.