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Banyana look to relieve qualifying pressure with good result in Botswana
- Updated: April 8, 2016
Banyana Banyana are geared to take a massive step towards qualifying for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCN) when they take on Botswan at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Saturday.
This match is the first leg of the final qualifiers and kick-off is 4pm.
The South Africans arrived in the neighbouring country on Tuesday already and wasted no time in getting down to business, holding their training sessions at the National Stadium.
South Africa, who had a bye in the previous round, face opponents who are on a high after walloping Mauritius 11-0 on aggregate in the previous round. They won the first leg 7-0 and walloped the home side 4-0 in Curepipe in the return leg.
‘We have played Botswana before and have often triumphed over them but this is a completely different match altogether,’ said Banyana head coach Vera Paauw.
‘Botswana have grown in leaps and bounds so we cannot undersestimate them. We need to be at our level best to ensure we get a good result. It is important that we return home with a scoreline which will not put us under pressure in the second leg.’
The squad returns home on Sunday and the return leg is scheduled for next Tuesday at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa (kick-off 7pm).
BANYANA AWCN FACTS AND FIGURES
In terms of this competition, the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana are no strangers:
They’ve hosted it three times – 2000, 2004, 2010
Together with Ghana, they have the second most appearances with 10 – Nigeria and Cameroon are on 11
They’ve ended up runners-up four times – 1995, 2000, 2008, 2012; placed third two times – in 2006, 2010 and ended fourth place twice – in 2002 and 2014.