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Skipper Van Wyk urges Banyana to nail their chances in Olympic qualifier
- Updated: October 9, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
A week out from one of their most important matches ever, Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk is hoping the team can convert chances into goals.
With the Rio Olympics looming large, Banyana travel north to play Equatorial Guinea in next Saturday’s second leg of their Olympic qualifier. Victory will see them travelling to their second consecutive Olympics after London 2012.
The first leg in Tembisa last week ended goalless, a feature which has characterised the side of late, having scored only one goal in their last four matches against Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea.
It’s not the quality of play that is frustrating Van Wyk, just the failure to get the ball into the net.
‘I think we displayed some really good football last week, especially in the second half when we dominated our opponents,’ she told Road to Rio 2016.
‘They seemed to be tired and heavy but unfortunately for us we couldn’t capitalise on that fact!’
It’s not as if the team are not creating chances. In their friendly against Tanzania in Brazzaville, Congo after being eliminated from the African Games by ‘unlucky’ draw, Banyana could quite easily have won by more than five goals.
Back to the Equatorial Guinea game though and Van Wyk says: ‘We had a few clear chances in front of goal and it still frightens me that we are not able to put the ball in the back of the net!
‘It’s something we really need to concentrate more on! The second leg is not going to be easy and Equatorial Guinea make it difficult for any opponents who play in their backyard, but if we keep working together like we have been, I don’t see why we won’t be able to overcome them.
‘We know just how important this match is to us and to our country! Our goal is to qualify for Rio and we still stand a good chance!’
Simple solution? Grab the goals and that elusive qualification goal follows!