Women’s U-20 team ready for Ghana

2012-03-09 16:11

South Africa’s women’s Under-20 soccer team coach Sheryl Botes is confident that they’ll prevail against Ghana in their World Cup Qualifier next month.

Basetsana beat Botswana 7-2 on aggregate and will now face Ghana in the next round.

Only two African countries will advance to the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament which will be played from August 19 to September 8 in Japan.

The squad is made up of experienced players from the Bantwana squad that participated in the Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago two years ago.

The key players in the squad include Robyn Moodaly, Rachel Sebati and Jermaine Seoposenwe who were part of the last year’s Banyana Banyana programme. “Winning against Ghana will also give the players the much needed confidence required heading into the next stage. It will force teams to view us differently and play us more cautiously, which we could then use to our advantage,” added Botes.

The former Banyana player said the camps so far have been successful, adding that players and the technical staff were all focused and committed to making their country proud by maintaining the high standards that they have set.

“We are in good form. The players are in high spirits and the recent win against Botswana has inspired the players. So we are confident of winning our next match,” said Botes.

Meanwhile, the South African Under-17 women’s team will take on Ghana in the final round of the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers at Sinaba Stadium tomorrow.

Three countries will represent Africa at the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. The tournament will take place between September 18 and October 13. The second leg will be played in a fortnight.

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