Safa yet to confirm Banyana tour

2014-06-19 17:07

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Vera Pauw has revealed that the SA Football Association (Safa) has yet to secure Banyana Banyana’s tour to west Africa at the end of the month.

Pauw and her team are on a four-day training camp in Johannesburg and were due to travel north for three friendly games against Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.

“It’s a shame we don’t know yet because I’m a coach who likes to plan ahead,” Pauw said at a training session today in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg.

“The plans were made very quickly when I came in, but we are depending on other countries.

“Equatorial Guinea, I just found out, I got a text message that they don’t have a team. It’s very disappointing.”

It was hoped that the friendly encounters would help Pauw gauge Banyana’s readiness for the Caf African Women’s Championships (AWC) to be held in Namibia from October 11 to October 25 this year.

The tournament is used as qualification for next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup with the top three teams from the AWC qualifying for the finals in Canada.

But Pauw made it clear that the team would find alternatives if the tour did not materialise.

“This training camp, we would have had regardless of the Africa tour. If there is no Africa tour, we will do other things because we need to keep the momentum going.

“We have so much to learn and to get ready for October.”

Pauw, who has been in charge since March, is aiming for a third successive win. She has been in charge of four games since taking over from former head coach Joseph Mkhonza.

The former Dutch international, who earned more than 80 caps for the Netherlands, qualified Banyana for the AWC courtesy of a 13-0 thrashing of the Comores last month. The game resulted in the Comores pulling out of the return leg in South Africa.

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