Banyana want a straight win away in Botswana

Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni believes that her national team-mates can eliminate Botswana in 90 minutes, to avoid going to extra time or even penalties.

 The two countries meet in an All-Africa Games second leg qualifier at the Molepole Stadium in Gaborone on Sunday, kick-off is at 3pm.

The 29-year-old goal minder – whose penalty block allowed Banyana Banyana to defeat Tunisia 6-5 on penalties in an Olympic qualifier match played in Tunis last month, believes that her team-mates can turn the 1-0 first leg deficit around and outplay Botswana within 90 minutes.

“A penalty shoot out is tense for any goalkeeper but we know from the match in Tunisia that we have solid, accurate penalty takers and I am confident that I can pull off a save or two if the match ends up going that way,” said Mndaweni, who plays her football for Croesus Ladies in the Gauteng Sasol League.

With 32 national caps to her name, Mndaweni’s return to the national team following a knee injury is good news for the South African cause.

She has been hard at training at the national team camp in Rustenburg this week, along with her goalkeeper colleague, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies’ Andile Dlamini.

Dlamini was in goal on her national senior team debut during the national team’s defeat in Polokwane – Banyana Banyana’s first loss in seven matches, and their first in six outings since national caretaker coach Joseph Mkhonza took charge of the team.

Against Botswana the South Africans were not at their best defensively, as they were missing the experience of tough-tackling central defender Janine van Wyk, who was absent due to illness.

“The spirit among the players is high and it may be a blessing that the unbeaten run pressure is off of our shoulders. It was frustrating to be sidelined with injury and not able to help Banyana Banyana against Botswana in Polokwane, but it’s not the end of the world. We can turn the scoreline around this weekend and book our places at the All-Africa Games in Mozambique in September,” added Mndaweni.

Mndaweni is back in the team along with experienced defenders Van Wyk and Yola Jafta, plus inspirational midfielder Mamello Makhabane.

Banyana Banyana team to play Botswana:

Andile Dlamini 
Sundowns Ladies (Gauteng)

Thoko Mndaweni
Croesus Ladies (Gauteng)

Memory Makhanya
Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal)

Simphiwe Masina
Detroit Ladies (Mpumalanga)

Yola Jafta
University of Jhb (Gauteng)

Janine van Wyk
Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Mary Ntsweng
Mphahlele Ladies (Gauteng)

Mamello Makhabane
Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Zamandosi Cele
Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal)

Noko Matlou
Brazilians FC (Limpopo)

Amanda Dlamini
University of Jhb (Gauteng)

Amanda Sister
Liverpool Ladies (Eastern Cape)

Nomathemba Nsibande
Springs Homesweepers (Gauteng)

Jermaine Seopesenwe
Santos FC (Western Cape)

Nothando Vilakazi
Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Robyn Moodaly
Dlalantombazana (Gauteng)

Martha Mokoma
Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)

Gabisile Hlumbane
Kovsies (Free State)

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