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‘Keeper Barker praises Banyana Banyana’s fighting spirit
- Updated: October 20, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Scandinavian-based Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Roxy Barker says the grit shown by her 10 teammates helped her keep Equatorial Guinea from scoring as South Africa qualified for the Rio Olympics next year.
Banyana beat the Central African side 1-0 with Jermaine Seoposenwe’s 62nd minute strike proving the difference.
The 24-year-old ‘keeper was a late arrival at the national women’s side’s African Games campaign as she’d still been on club duty for Icelandic club ˙Pór/KA.
She was also part of the scoreless 0-0 first leg at Tembisa, two weeks ago.
Barker was a key component of the Banyana achievement. She told Road to Rio 2016 of her view as the last line of defence: ”My overall impression was just that we were all fighting together.
‘I saw all my teammates fighting hard and going into tackles and running their hearts out and it really motivated me to stay focused and get a clean sheet.’
Barker was also part of Team South Africa at the last Olympics in London 2012 where Banyana lost to Sweden and Canada but drew with Japan in their final group stage match.
Concluded the KwaZulu-Natal born player: ‘It was a great relief and just a joy-filled moment when the referee blew the final whistle.’
Picture of Barker making a great save at the weekend, courtesy of Sydney Mahlangu/Backpage Pix