BANYANA Banyana continued with preparations for the 9th edition of the African Women’s Championships (AWC) with a friendly match
The Sasol sponsored team will travel to Lusaka to face the Zambian women’s national team in an international friendly match.
The match was due to be played in South Africa at Makwarele Stadium in Vhembe this weekend, but due to Zambia not being able to
travel, Banyana will now face She-polopolo in their own backyard. Details of the match still to be confirmed.
“We are happy we can play a stronger nation as this will help us to test our strength ahead of the Championships. It is unfortunate that
Zambia could not travel to South Africa, but thanks to the support we receive from SAFA and our sponsor Sasol for making sure that we
are able to still play the match. It’s unfortunate that the technical team will not be around to see the talented players at the U/19
regional tournament,” said Banyana coach Vera Pauw.
The African Women’s Championships will also be used as qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The top three finishers from
the AWC will qualify for the World Cup in Canada.
Pauw’s charges have assembled in Auckland Park and they will hold their training sessions at the Nike Centre in Soweto before
departing for Zambia on August 21.
Banyana will continue playing friendly matches in August ahead of the Championships. After that coach Pauw will name her final squad
for the AWC to be played in Namibia.