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Basetsana gear up to tackle Tanzania
- Updated: December 5, 2013
Our national Under-20 women’s football side, Basetsana believe tough mental attitude is the key in overcoming Tanzania in the second round of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
Basetsana take on Tanzania in the first leg match to be played at National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday (3pm SA time).
Tanzania progressed to the second round of the qualifiers on a 15-1 aggregate score over Mozambique.
Seasoned campaigner Nomvula Kgoale believes going to Tanzania with the right mental attitude is what is needed for the team to come out with a positive result.
“We faced Tanzania when I travelled with Banyana Banyana to the All Africa Games in Maputo in 2011 and if my memory serves me right, they are a very useful side. Our mission is to go there and score as many goals without conceding to put us at an advantage going into the second leg.
“We don’t have any information on how they play or if their playing style has changed from the last time we played them in 2011 but we want to be ready for any game. They must be a strong side considering how they massacred Mozambique,” said Kgoale.
High Performance Centre based midfielder Meagan Newman says they have been working hard at training this week and the practice match against Croesus Ladies allowed them to put into practice what the head coach has been drilling on them since they started training.
“We have been working hard and our 5-0 win over Croesus Ladies this eek has given us an idea on where we are as far as mental preparedness is concerned. We don’t know what we are up against when we face Tanzania this weekend but we’ve been working on how to tackle any possibilities,” said Newman.
Newman was among the Bantwana squad that travelled to Trinidad and Tobago for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in 2010.
“Qualifying for the World Cup is any player’s dream. We took part in the U17 World Cup in 2010 and it would be great experience for us to play in the World Cup again,” added Newman.
Basetsana leave for Tanzania on Thursday.
The 2014 edition of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be staged in Canada from 5-24 August.