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Daweti: Basetsana can turn it around against Nigeria

Basetsana winger Lelona Daweti has joined her coach Maud Khumalo’s belief that the national U20 women’s football side can still qualify for the U20 World Cup in France later this year.

Daweti believes not all is lost as Basetsana finalised their preparations for round two of the third and final round of qualifiers to this year’s world showpiece.

Basetsana take on Nigeria in an away fixture, on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat against the West Africans in Polokwane a fortnight ago. Nigeria who are yet to miss a FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup appearance since 2005.

However not all is lost according to Daweti who says nothing is impossible in football should they remain positive.

‘We have to remain positive and united as a team,’ she says. ‘We have been in a similar situation against Burundi and came out top. Even though this is a much stronger opponent, we have a talented group of players who play with heart and dedication.

‘Nothing is impossible and we need to go in there with that mindset,’ said Daweti.

Should Basetsana find their scoring touch, reversing the 2-0 deficit is very much possible, having easily brushed aside Namibia 9-0 on aggregate before putting five past Burundi in a dramatic 5-2 comeback.

Basetsana travel to Nigeria on Wednesday afternoon and take on the Falconets on Saturday.