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Basetsana look to improve against Zambia at home
- Updated: October 8, 2015
The national women’s Under-20 football side will be looking to improve on their 0-0 draw against Zambia when they meet for the second leg of their 2016 World Cup qualifier in Tembisa on Saturday.
The Basetsana squad are back in camp after a break of one week since the goalless draw in Lusaka on 27 September.
‘So far everything is going well, we are on track with our preparations. The team looks sharp and fit. We are all looking forward to playing this game and I am confident we can do it,’ said Basetsana head coach Elisabeth Migchelsen of the team’s bid to reach Papua New Guinea.
South Africa will be without two players who got injured in Zambia – defenders Chamelle Wiltshire and Bongeka Gamede. As replacements, Migchelsen has brought in defenders Leigh Daniels (Golden Stars), Jamie-Lee Witbooi (Spurs WFC) and Babalwa Mngxunya (RV United) as well as striker striker Thembi Kgatlana (UWC).
‘Injuries and changes are part of football, and with the game being a contact sport sometimes you get injuries and you need to replace them. I believe those we have called up will do well, and from what we have seen at training I am happy,’ added Migchelsen.
‘I expect a similar match to that we played in Zambia, very physical. The good thing is that the girls also know what to expect and what to do to protect themselves.
‘They really want to play this game and show that they can play good football and get a good result against Zambia. We believe we have what it takes to win.’