Coach Mkhonza wants to guide Banyana Banyana to the Promised land

2011-04-30 12:01

Banyana Banyana coach Joseph “Skheshekheshe” Mkhonza says they want to continue with their winning ways when his charges take on Botswana in the All Africa Games qualifier in Polokwane today.

The senior women’s team remains unbeaten in seven games under Mkhonza, who assumed the role of caretaker coach three months ago, replacing Augustine Makalakalane.

The South Africans are now on course for qualifying berths in the All Africa Games and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Speaking ahead of their first leg qualifier, Mkhonza expressed his desire to guide Banyana to the Promised Land.

“We don’t want to disappoint the supporters. Our aim is to qualify for the All Africa Games and the Olympics,” said the Kaizer Chiefs legend of the 1980s.
“Our preparations have gone very well this week and the players have acclimatised to the conditions here in Polokwane.”

The game will take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium adjacent to the World Cup venue. Kickoff is at 3pm.

The hosts will take to the field without their overseas-based players as the fixture does not fall in the Fifa calendar.

The absentees will be Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Kylie-Ann Louw.

Nyandeni plays for Russian club Rossiyank FC, while Louw plies her trade at Stephen Austin University in Texas, USA.

In their place, Mkhonza has called up national Under-17 captain Rachel Sebati.

Botswana, unlike their men’s side who are the rising stars of the continent, have not really delivered in women’s football. 

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