Basetsana start World Cup campaign

2012-02-16 06:59

The South African Women’s Under-20 soccer team Basetsana will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign tomorrow, taking on Botswana.

Coach Sherly Botes is upbeat about the country’s chances after working several weeks with all her players ahead of the match.

The match takes place at Molepolole Stadium in capital Gaborone.

“I am very happy with our preparations which have all gone to plan. At this point with the first match just around the corner we are anxious to get the qualifiers underway and off to a good start,” said Botes.

The team played a friendly match against Zimbabwe last week, which saw them walloping the neighbours 4-0.

“The win against Zimbabwe gave us an indication of how I would like to see the squad perform throughout the qualifiers. The players showed character and I believe we achieved our desired outcomes.

“I was concerned about the fitness levels of some of the players I had brought in as substitutes but they also did well.

“We are busy working on getting the players at the same level of fitness and fix areas of weakness identified during the game,” said Botes.

Looking at the qualifiers, Botes added: “We are taking this one game at a time but we need to get ourselves into a good position early on so we are in contention towards the end of qualifiers.”

The top two African teams will qualify for the Women’s World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Japan from August 18 to September 9.

The squad is currently training at the Nike Sports Centre in Soweto and at the Edenvale sports grounds.

The team will also lock horns with the Under-16 Diambars Football Academy (boys’ side) today.

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