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Motau needs no motivation ahead of Bantwana clash

Bantwana captain Amogelang Motau believes hard work and determination are the key factors needed to overcome Zambia in the last leg of the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.

The South Africa/Zambia clash will be played at the Bidvest Wits Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.

The South Africans look set to be among the 16 participants at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup final to be staged in Costa Rica from 15 March ÔÇô 5 April 2014.

Bantwana have been in camp all week preparing for the return-leg qualifier. The first leg was drawn 3-3 in Zambia two weeks ago.

Following their 9-0 win against Wits University senior women’s team in a practice match, the Bantwana captain feels preparations are on track for the all-important qualifier on Sunday.

“Things have been going well since we started training on Sunday, which has given us more time to prepare and yesterday we played a practice match against the Wits senior team which went well as we applied all the concepts the coach has been taking us through at training.

“As coach had told us, it always starts with you as an individual in the team, if you work hard and be the best that you can be on the day. We need to make sure we are motivated and play together as a team from the first whistle to keep our World Cup dream alive,” said Motau.

Four new players were introduced to the squad in an effort to strengthen the goalkeeping and midfield areas. Two players were released from camp but Bantwana coach, Sheryl Botes said she would keep them in the system for future national team activities.

“We have been encouraging the new players and realise they are also anxious to come on board and assist us in qualifying for the World Cup. The coach has explained that the bench is as good as the starting eleven, so they have to be at their best on the day,” Motau said.

Bantwana will play their final practice match against the Diambars Academy U16 Boys side at the Sunward Park High School grounds. “Coming from our game against Wits yesterday, we are confident and motivated. We are looking forward to the match against the boys and will use this exercise to implement what the coach has been teaching us this week.

“We have to work hard on that day, go out there and play our hearts out from the first whistle. We would like to encourage SA supporters to come out in their numbers, like the FIFA President has said, like it or not the future of football is women’s football. We need our fans backing us like the Zambians did in the first leg,” concluded Motau.


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