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Basetsana’s Salgado gets goosebumps ahead of World Cup qualifier
- Updated: October 9, 2015
The national women’s Under-20 football side are confident of coming away victorious when they face Zambia in the second leg of their 2016 Papua New Guinea Women’s World Cup qualifier in Tembisa on Saturday.
The first leg between the two nations ended in a goalless stalemate in Zambia about two weeks ago.
And the thought of qualifying for the World Cup is something that gives Basetsana midfielder Gabriela Salgado goosebumps.
‘This weekend we are going in strong and we expect to score some goals and not to concede,’ says Salgado who was part of the victorious side that did duty at the Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe last December.
‘We are really up for this game. In the first away leg, we got to see their weaknesses and where we can capitalise. The fact that we also know what to expect will push us to go in stronger. We are playing at home and cannot afford to lose when we did so well away.’
Having been able to keep things tight at the back in Zambia, the South Africans are well aware that it will be even more crucial to do so in their backyard.
‘With the formation we are playing, I want to believe our defence will be very strong as we cannot afford to let in even one goal as that would be a mountain to climb for us. I strongly believe in the capability of the players in camp now. We have lost some players through injury who were in Zambia but I’m confident those that will take their place will also do a good job. Everyone is hyped up and excited for the game. We are all focused because we want to achieve something this weekend,’ added Salgado.
‘When I think about qualifying I can feel goosebumps all over me. If we can do that (qualify) it is going to be a great achievement. both for us as a team and for women’s football in general.’
Basetsana will be without the injured duo of defenders Chamelle Wiltshire and Bongeka Gamede who played against Zambia in the first leg.
To compensate, defenders Leigh Daniels (Golden Stars), Jamie-Lee Witbooi (Spurs WFC) and Babalwa Mngxunya (RV United) have been brought in alongside striker Thembi Kgatlana (UWC).
The match kicks off at 3pm.