The stage is set for our national Under-20 women’s football side’s second leg World Cup qualifier against Botswana and coach Sheryl Botes believes her Basetsana players are ready for Saturday’s challenge.
Basetsana host their neighbours at Bidvest Wits Stadium on Saturday, with kick-of set for 3pm.
The hosts go into the second leg clash with a 5-2 lead. A win, or even a draw, for the South Africans will send them into the next round of the World Cup qualifiers to be played next month.
Botes said she was happy with the output at training throughout the week and that the players were positive and confident ahead of this crucial match. “We worked on different formations and the practice match against the boys yesterday was a good exercise ahead of this match. We are aware that it is not going to be an easy encounter.
ÔÇ£We expect Botswana to be aggressive in attack but we should be able to absorb the pressure.’
Bloemfontein-based striker Shiwe Nogwana whose second half hat-trick sealed victory for the South Africans in Botswana said she was confident the team would secure qualification to the next round. “It is not going to be an easy encounter as Botswana has gauged our style of play. We as a team will need to go there and give it all we’ve got if we are to progress to the second round of the qualifiers,” said Nogwana.
The Botswana team will train at the match venue on Friday afternoon.
The two African nations that qualify for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will be decided after the third qualification round in January next year.