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Jordaan urges Banyana to do the nation proud in Namibia
- Updated: October 22, 2014
The national women’s soccer team face one of their biggest challenges on Wednesday as they take on Nigeria in the semi-finals of the African Women’s Championships in Namibia.
A win against one of their continental arch-rivals will see them automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada next year.
Tuesday saw the women getting some extra support as South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Dr Danny Jordaan wished them well.
‘This team is the pride of the whole nation and I, on behalf of SAFA want to wish them well. They have proven that they can really rise to the occasion when the going gets tough and hope they carry that momentum into Wednesday’s game. The comprehensive win against Algeria was a clear indication of what they can offer,’ said Dr Jordaan.
‘Nigeria are a very good side but I am confident that Vera Pauw and her charges will do the nation proud. What a better way to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup by beating Nigeria,’ added the SAFA President.
Banyana Banyana stormed into the penultimate stage with a swashbuckling 5-1 win over Algeria on Saturday. Wednesday’s match will be played at Sam Nujoma Stadium and kick off at 5pm.
A win against Nigeria will see the South Africans automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Canada next year.
Jordaan also congratulated striker Portia Modise for reaching a historic 100-goal mark in the national team colours, saying the striker was already a living legend.
‘This is by far one of the best achievements by any player in Banyana Banyana colours. As the Association, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Modise for the milestone she has reached. One hundred goals and more than 100 caps for your country is no mean feat – she is an inspiration not only among her peers but for up-and-coming players. We hope she grows from strength to strength,” added Jordaan.
‘Our congratulations also go to Mpumelelo Nyandeni who recently reached 100 caps for Banyana Banyana. Her experience will be valuable for the team. ‘
In another game, Cameroon take on Ivory Coast in the other semi-final clash scheduled for 8pm at the same venue also on Wednesday.