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Banyana skipper: ‘We just have to keep our focus’

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National women’s soccer side Banyana Banyana have a tough African Women’s Championships test ahead of them when they face their nemesis Ghana in Windhoek on Wednesday night.
This will be South Africa’s second match of group B after suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Cameroon in the opening match on Sunday, a goal which came in the dying minutes of normal time.
Banyana Banyana will be looking to bounce back to winning ways and into contention for a place in the World Cup next year.
‘I am impressed with the team’s performance, we dominated three quarters of the game against Cameroon, said Banyana coach Vera Pauw. ‘They created one chance out of a mistake from our build-up. We have analysed the match and we have been working on fixing what we picked up from that match.’
Captain Janine van Wyk is also confident that Banyana Banyana will get a positive result in the match, saying the team had the experience to bounce back.
‘We are not under pressure at all, we have the experience in the team to lift ourselves up. We know it is do or die for us, it is going to be a tough battle for us as Ghana are going come out guns blazing. We just have to keep our focus and we can come out with a positive result,’ said Van Wyk.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have to win the match to keep their World Cup qualification dream alive. Algeria and Cameroon are the only teams in group B with maximum points.
Ghana also lost by the same margin to Algeria in their opening match and in the same fashion – conceding a last gasp goal so will be looking to get maximum points from the match.
The last time Banyana played Ghana was in an international friendly match played in South Africa in May, ahead of the team’s African Women’s Championship qualifier against the Union of Comoros. The match ended 1-0 in favour of Ghana.
Banyana Banyana have found themselves in a similar situation before, when they lost their opening match at the 2012 African Women’s Championships, but went on to win all their other matches and reached the finals.
‘We have been in the same situation before, in 2012 we lost our first match against Equatorial  Guinea, we are not dropping our heads because we have lost our first game. We know that we have a chance to qualify. We have done it in the past and I don’t see why we cannot do it now,’ said Van Wyk.


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