No complacency for Basetsana

2013-12-15 14:00

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Under-17s take 4-1 lead into qualifier.

Basetsana will not fall into the same trap as Bantwana did last month.

Needing only a draw to qualify for the Under-17 Fifa Women’s World Cup, the South African junior women’s national team squandered their chances when complacency crept in and they ended up losing 1-3 to Zambia.

Now their Under-20 sisters Basetsana need to avoid a heavy defeat when they host Tanzania in the second leg of the Under-20 Fifa World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Basetsana take a 4-1 lead into the game at Dobsonville Stadium.

Interestingly, the team is coached by the same Sheryl Botes, who failed to mastermind Bantwana’s passage to the World Cup in Costa Rica.

But Botes said it was a lesson learnt and history would not repeat itself.

Botes was confident her team would qualify for the final round of the qualifiers, where they would meet the winner of the match between Nigeria and Tunisia.

“I’m certain Tanzania will not score more than four goals. But we will not undermine them and we will go all-out and avoid conceding,” she said.

According to her, the more experienced Basetsana would not fall into the same trap as Bantwana.

“The team has been playing together for some time and there won’t be any room for complacency at this level,” she said.

Skilful midfielder Amogelang Motau and striker Shiwe Nogwanya, who were influential in the first-leg contest, will be key to finding the back of the net.

Nogwanya scored a brace.

Botes said her team would go for a victory on Saturday.

With the continent guaranteed only two spots at the finals in Canada next year, Basetsana are under pressure to qualify for their maiden World Cup.

South Africa will host the 2016 event.

The 20-member squad will resume training tomorrow at the Edenvale Football Club.

Saturday’s kickoff is at 3.30pm.

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