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Barker in charge as Banyana play Zimbabwe

Overseas based goalkeeper, Roxanne Barker has been named interim captain of the Sasol Banyana Banyana soccer squad that will take on Zimbabwe in Saturday’s international friendly match at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored South African senior women’s national team, Vera Pauw will lead Banyana Banyana for the first time since her appointment last month. She will be aiming to build a formidable squad for the 2014 edition of the CAF African Women’s Championship to be staged in Namibia later this year.

Banyana Banyana will be without the services of current Banyana Banyana captain, Janine van Wyk due a knee injury that will take less than two weeks to recover and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Busisiwe Ndimeni, who sustained an injury in the friendly match against the School of Excellence U16 side.

Banyana Banyana completed preparations at the Dobsonville Stadium on Friday morning and the coach said she was looking forward to playing Zimbabwe.

“This match is going to be very important to be playing a competitive game and it will be a test to see how far we have come in terms of having an organized team on the field and playing structured football. We will of course be playing for a win and I want to see the flexibility of the players as it is our starting point but overtime it should become second nature to them.

“We call on the fans to come to the stadium and support the team on Saturday,” said Pauw.

Interim captain Barker said she was excited about leading the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana in the friendly and said it would be a proud moment for her to lead the team against Zimbabwe.

“This is a very important game in showing the coach that we understand the structured type of football she wants us to play. Zimbabwe have not been easy opponents but we want to play for a win and from there see where we need to improve going forward,” said Barker.

Entrance for the Banyana Banyana/Zimbabwe clash is free and will be broadcast live on SABC 2 (1.30pm).


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