Banyana aiming for their first-ever Olympic Games

By PRECIOUS RAJANE

THE National Womens Team Banyana Banyana is looking forward and preparing for their upcoming game on Saturday against Ethiopia at Orlando Stadium.

Coming from a 5-0 win against Mozambique in Atteridgeville last weekend, they are confidence  and will be working hard to win Saturdays game.

Banyana is two matches away from qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. If the girls beat Ethiopia this weekend they will be standing a good chance of qualifying. The 2nd leg to be played in Ethiopia will be just formalities.

The teams coach, Joseph Mkhonza is optimistic and sure about the chosen players to do well.

“The chosen players have been doing well and are consistent players, which is one of the things we were looking for. I am sure they will give it their best because they want to make the nation proud and make history,” he said.

The girls have been doing well recently, by winning 11 of their 13 matches this year and qualifying for the All Africa Games.

Amanda Dlamini, Banyana captain said they had to work harder to be chosen for the team to play this Saturday. “It was a large pool of 40 players in the camp, it was very intense and we had to pull up our socks. Amongst so many good players, your hunger to present the national team is when it is tested. Personally I made sure that I give it my all,” she said.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) urges the public to support the girls and go to the stadium, since they have have taken a bold initiative to play at Orlando Stadium. The team is known for playing in places like Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton and Atteridgville. It hopes the national team will dominate Africa especially Nigeria and Ghana to name a few.  

Sasol together with SAFA is giving away two double tickets for a return trip to Ethiopia, all expenses paid to two fans.

 

 

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