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Banyana get right into training regime in Reunion

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The Banyana Banyana national women’s football squad have wasted no time in getting down to business soon after  landing in Reunion ahead of Sunday’s international against France.

The South Africans arrived on the island late afternoon Thursday and was welcomed by a group of young dancers at Aéroport de la Réunion Roland Garros (Roland Garros Airport) and later held a light training session to loosen up the muscles.

Banyana Banyana will face France at the eight-thousand-seater Stade Jean-Ivoula (otherwise known on the streets of Reunion as Stade de L’est) with kick-off being at 7pm SA time.

‘It was a wonderful welcome, they really made us feel like like we were home from home. But we are here for football, and it’s always great to come to a football-mad country where the interest is very high on the game,’ said Banyana Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe.

‘As we are playing tough opponents, we need to play as a unit, more so because we are not that match fit seeing that we have just returned from the festive season break. They will test us in every aspect of the game and we have to be ready for that so it was important for us to have the light training session so we can back into the routine. But we will go out there on Sunday and do our best.’

Leandra Smeda sat out the latest training session after limped off the final training session before the squad departed for Saint-Denis. Smeda is recovering well but it is not clear when she will be back on the field to join her compatriots.

The team will have another training session Friday evening, with the final run scheduled for the match venue on Saturday night. Sunday’s match is the first of the year for both team.

‘This is the start of the journey for us in qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019, and also the 2018 CAF Women Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ghana and the clash against France is a clear indication that preparations are already on the go for those two major events,’ said midfielder Refiloe Jane.

‘We really appreciate what SAFA and our proud sponsor SASOL, are doing to ensure that we are ready when we start with the qualifiers of both tournaments.’

‘As for the clash against France, it will not be an easy one but we have proven before that the stronger they come the better. I’m confident that despite their experience we also have our strong points which we need to make use of to come out on top.’


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