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Banyana look to book their Games ticket to Brazzaville
- Updated: April 11, 2015
The national senior women’s football side are ready to go ahead of Saturday’s crucial second leg All Africa Games qualifier against Botswana at Dobsonville, Soweto.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana had their final training session on Friday afternoon under the watchful eye of head coach Vera Pauw.
The Banyana-Botswana clash will be followed by a match between the South African U23 side and Sudan at 4pm at the same venue in a return leg of the same All Africa Games qualifiers. South Africa lost the first leg 2-0 in Sudan.
Banyana Banyana enjoyed a 1-0 lead from the first leg, and will book their ticket to the tournament in Brazzaville, Congo in September if the results stay the same.
Should the visitors reverse the result, the match will head straight into penalties to decide the winner.
A 1-1 draw will see South Africa go through, while a 2-1 win for Botswana will give the neighbours victory, as they would have scored more goals away.
Banyana Banyana have a good record against their opponents – in eight matches between the two nations, South Africa has registered seven victories and one loss.
The visitors seem to have a leaky defence against the home side with 40 goals scored by Vera Pauw’s charges to only one against them.
In their first match in 2002, Banyana Banyana banged the net 14 times with no reply from Botswana.
In September last year they almost repeated the same feat, but were four goals short. Botswana’s only victory, and only goal, came in 2011 in an All Africa Games qualifier, but in the return leg, played in Botswana, South Africa won 4-0.
The 2015 All Africa Games will be played from 3-18 September.
Saturday’s two matches will be attended by, among others, Minister of Sports and Recreation South Africa, the Honourable Fikile Mbalula and the President of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Dr Danny Jordaan.
A moment of silence will be observed ahead of the matches in honour of fallen heroes, the legendary Dr Steve Kalamazoo Mokone and former Bafana Bafana and Free State Stars striker Richard ‘Kimberly Express’ Henyekane, with all the teams wearing black armbands.