Banyana hopes still alive – Vera Pauw

2014-10-16 15:42

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The South African women’s national football team find themselves in an unfavourable situation following a 1-1 draw against Ghana in their second match of the African Women’s Championship campaign.

“We and Ghana were both in the same situation and we remained in the same situation. We now need to win our respective final games to progress to the next stage,” Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw said after the match last night.

“We started off well in the first half but we struggled a bit in the second.

“It was a tough match for us. Ghana stayed dangerous till the last minute, I can only compliment my players on their fighting spirit.”

After losing their first match 1-0 to Cameroon last Sunday and playing to a draw last night, Banyana and Ghana were joint bottom of the log in group B with only one point from two matches each.

Cameroon have six points and Algeria are on three.

Earlier yesterday, Cameroon beat Algeria 2-0, leaving the group open and giving South Africa a chance to make amends in their last match against Algeria.

“We are very relieved that we are still in the tournament, thanks to Cameroon for beating Algeria.

“We are still in the competition and have a chance to proceed to the next round.”

South Africa has to finish among the top three teams at the tournament to qualify for the 2015 African Women’s Championship.

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