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Do or die match for Banyana in Namibia
- Updated: October 18, 2014
After losing their opening match 1-0 to Cameroon and playing to a 1-1 draw with Ghana on Wednesday, Banyana Banyana have one more chance to make it to the semi-finals of the African Women’s Championships.
But the toughest test awaits Vera Pauw’s charges on Saturday afternoon when they take on Algeria in the last match of group B in Windhoek (5pm kick-off).
Banyana Banyana are sitting bottom of the log in group B with just a point from two matches.
Algeria have three points in the bag after beating Ghana 1-0 in their first match but they lost 2-0 to Cameroon midweek.
The South African women are well aware of the situation they are in, as they have to win on Saturday and keep their hopes of finishing in the top three and qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup alive.
‘We did not have a good start, losing our first match in the dying minutes of the game. It was unfortunate that we drew our second game against Ghana as well, but we have one more match to push for a semi-final spot,’ said midfielder Amanda Dlamini.
Algeria already have three points and are number two in the group, but they will also be looking to make it to the next round of the tournament.
Dlamini said: ‘They have a win under their belt, and we don’t. It’s not going to be an easy game and this has put us under so much pressure, but we’ve also become used to playing under pressure and are able to deal with it really well.
‘We cannot afford anything but a convincing win on Saturday.’
South Africa still stand a good chance of making it past the group stages. They have to beat Algeria, while Cameroon has to beat Ghana or play to a draw for the odds to be in Banyana Banyana’s favour.
It is not over yet for the Sasol sponsored women’s national team, and they are not in a position to give up, as Dlamini explains.
‘We have to keep fighting, we know we have the ability to fight and we don’t want to let each other down. We want to go to the next round, we have to fight twice as hard as we have done in the previous matches,’ she concluded.