Portia sets sights on World Cup

2014-09-21 15:00

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On-form Banyana Banyana striker Portia Modise is looking to the future and next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Modise, who put five goals past ­Botswana’s goalkeeper in an international friendly last weekend, says she wants to play in a World Cup before hanging up her boots.

She says playing in the World Cup is the only missing accolade in her career, which includes the Olympic Games and five CAF African Women’s Championship. She is also three goals shy of 100.

Modise and her Banyana team-mates will have a chance to book a place at next year’s World Cup when they take part in the African Women’s Championship in Namibia next month.

She believes the team has what it takes to finish in the top three, and so qualify to represent Africa at the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.

She has twice finished on the podium, but as a runner-up in 2000 and 2012, and this time she wants to help the team become champions.

The 31-year-old striker has been in free-scoring form lately and her five goals helped Banyana demolish ­Botswana 10-0 last weekend.

“I’m enjoying my football again ­under [Banyana coach] Vera Pauw. We are being treated like professionals and this is evident in how the team is ­performing. Vera is a good coach and I wish she had come here earlier,” said Modise, who has had a love-hate ­relationship with Banyana.

Banyana have done well under their new coach, beating Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania, and playing to a goalless draw with Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday they continue with their preparations when they host ­Ivory Coast at Moruleng Stadium.

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