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Basetsana look for another win in Windhoek

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The Basetsana national U20 women’s side are looking to finish the job when they face Namibia in the second leg of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier in Windhoek on Sunday.

Basetsana go into the clash in cruise control, with a comfortable 5-0 win over their opponents in the first-leg encounter at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto a fortnight ago.

Basetsana are yet to make a World Cup appearance, and will be hoping to rewrite South African history books by qualifying for the world showpiece in France next August.

Under the stewardship of former Banyana Banyana head coach, Maud Khumalo, and assistant Simphiwe Dludlu, the young South Africans have been lethal in front of goal, while keeping the back door tightly shut.

Basetsana have hit the back of the net an impressive 10 times in only two matches, without conceding.

Another high-scoring game is on the cards for the South Africans, should Namibia not have a plan to control the dangerous attacking trio of Linda Motlhalo, Gabriela Salgado and Lalona Daweti.

The team’s recent success is something coach Khumalo has warned her charges against, saying that teams will start being more careful of their dangerous attacks.

‘We have told the players not to become complacent and think they have already “arrived”. We are scoring goals, which is very good, but there are still a number of factors that we’re working on to ensure that we put together a solid team that can compete and qualify for the World Cup,’ said Khumalo.

Even with a comfortable scoreline, Basetsana will need to be careful of the young Namibian gladiators on home turf, who will be at full strength with the return of key players doing duty with the senior team in the recently-held COSAFA Women’s championships in Zimbabwe.

A Sunday win over Namibia for South Africa at the Sam Nujoma Stadium will most likely set up a meeting with Burundi, who are through to the second round after Rwanda pulled out of the qualifiers.


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