The South African U20 Women’s National team (Basetsana) take on Botswana in the first leg World Cup qualifier at Molepolole Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday.
The 2014 edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for Canada from 5-24 August 2014 will feature 16 countries of which two teams will come from Africa.
Head coach Sheryl Botes says preparations were on track and is hopeful the team will do well against Botswana.
ÔÇ£We had a loosening session after a six-hour drive yesterday but everything is on track. We have had our final session at the match venue just to familiarise ourselves with what to expect.
ÔÇ£The girls are excited,ÔÇØ said Botes.
The Basetsana squad will be boosted by the experience of overseas based player, Robyn Moodaly [right] who featured in the SA U17 Women’s national team (Bantwana) squad that participated at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in 2010. She also played a key role in Banyana Banyana’s Olympics qualification.
Bloemfontein Celtics striker, Shiwe Nogwana feels they have what it takes to come back victorious from the first leg against Botswana tomorrow.
ÔÇ£I am excited about being back in the U20 squad and I am looking forward to the match tomorrow as this will be my final year in the Basetsana squad. I would like to see the team progress to the World Cup tournament next year.
ÔÇ£Training with some of the new players has been exciting as most come from HPC and know what to expect from them,ÔÇØ said Nogwanya.