Banyana ready to ‘conquer Africa’

2012-03-21 07:10

Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza is ready to conquer Africa as his players take on Africa’s No 2, Ghana, today.

South Africa are ranked third in Africa.

Mkhonza says the lesson is to get players used to playing outside of their comfort zones. Banyana have played seven international games this year.

“It’s just a confidence builder. We’re trying to move in the right direction and trying to get as sharp as we can for the London Olympics. I think we will close the gap (on the top teams in the world) and hopefully one day we can do something special,” said Mkhonza.

The coach has also recalled his injured trio, Mamello Makhabane, University of Johannesburg midfield anchor Yola Jafta and University of Pretoria central defender Cindy-Leigh Meyer.

“Jafta and Makhabane are both recovering from injuries but have been called up for camp so that our biokinetics specialist can monitor their progress.

Meyer, who attended the three-week national training camp held in Stellenbosch in January, is a regular member of our team camps.”

Mkhonza said places for the Olympics were still up for grabs.

The tournament begins in London on July 27, giving fringe players three months to stake a claim.

Many will have a chance when Banyana technical team will closely assess talent at the Sasol League Road Shows being held over the next few weeks.

» Today’s game takes place at the Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto, at 3pm

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