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Banyana Banyana visit the next generation of stars in Tembisa
- Updated: May 13, 2016
Banyana Banyana took time off their training schedule to visit two schools in Tembisa, venue of Sunday’s international friendly match clash with neighbours Zimbabwe.
Venue is the Makhulong Stadium and the match kicks off at 3pm.
The Sasol-sponsored national senior women’s football side made an appearance at Zitikeni Secondary and Mvelaphanda Primary schools much to the delight of the pupils who got autographs and also managed to pose for photos with their favourite players.
The two schools were also handed a national team jersey and tickets to attend the match.
‘It is always a pleasure for us as players when we have to do such things – when you see the smile on the faces of the little ones, it also brings joy to us, said defender Noko Matlou. ‘They are fortunate to have this opportunity because growing up we could only see the players from a distance; mostly on television.
‘So this is very important for us to give something back. And where possible, we want to do it ahead of every game.
‘I hope they come and watch the game because it is a very special to play against Zimbabwe who are also going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Having them at the stadium always gives us extra motivation and is a good reminder that we are not doing this for ourselves but for millions of South Africans.’
Meanwhile Zimbabwe have named a squad of 18 players for the match against South Africa and the visitors are expected to arrive on Friday.
‘The match against Banyana Banyana is an important chance to test different combinations yet remaining very competitive,’ said Mighty Warriors head coach Shadreck Mlauzi.
‘It’s very important to play South Africa because they are also participating in the Olympics and that means we need to have a competitive attitude and mentality. I think it will be a very good challenge for both teams. It’s also a chance to gauge and improve our match fitness,’ added Mlauzi.