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Basetsana’s Salgado says team are out to restore pride
- Updated: January 24, 2014
Basetsana midfielder, Grabriella Salgado believes that the South Africans will have to be at their best to overcome a 6-0 deficit against Nigeria in their final 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Basetsana take on the Falconets in the penultimate qualifier that will see one of two African teams book their place for the 2014 edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup to be staged in Canada between 5-24 August.
The return-leg qualifier will be played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto and kick-off is at 4pm.
Having sat out the first leg match due to injury, Salgado says the 6-0 loss to Nigeria in the first leg was a big blow. However, she added that they have a better idea on how to approach the return leg match following a video analysis of the match.
ÔÇ£It means a lot going into this match because we want to make the country proud and restore our pride when we take on Nigeria this Saturday. I am well aware that we suffered a heavy loss against the Nigerians in the first leg but we also want to come to the party on Saturday.
ÔÇ£It is unfortunate that I missed out on the first leg due to injury but when we went through the video of the previous match, it has given me an idea of how they play and I am confident we will match them on Saturday,ÔÇØ said Salgado.
The High Performance Centre-based midfielder said the practice match against the Kaizer Chiefs development team gave the team direction on areas they need to focus on ahead of the much anticipated match.
ÔÇ£Our first match against the boys was really to point out how we should approach the match on Saturday. Having missed out on an opportunity to be in Costa Rica, we are anticipating taking part in the World Cup that will be hosted in 2016 and I believe a lot of hard work needs to be put into preparing for 2016 if we want to be successful,ÔÇØ said Salgado.
Basetsana played a practice match against the Thembisa Under-17 boys team on Thursday afternoon and have their final training session at Dobsonville Stadium on Friday afternoon.