Banyana want to win in honour of Youth Day
BANYANA Banyana will invoke struggle history Saturday in their bid to beat Zambia.
Coach Joseph Mkhonza said team wanted a comprehensive win to dedicate on Youth Day to the sons and daughters who were killed during 1976 uprising.
Banyana meet Zambia in the second leg of an African Women’s Championship tie at KaNyamazane Stadium in Nelspruit tomorrowSAT at 3pm. South Africa won the first leg 4-1 two weeks ago in Lusaka.
“We are playing on June 16 and we have brothers and sisters who were killed fighting for the liberation of this country on that day,” said Mkhonza.
“We don’’t anticipate problems from Zambia, but is it important that we do not underestimate them so that they do not spoil the [Youth Day] celebrations. I told our players that we have to play to the best of our ability, score as many goals as possible to celebrate this historic day. We will offer Zambia a free soccer lesson.
“We are using the qualifiers as part of our preparations for the London Olympics. It is important that we also qualify for the African Women’’s Championship finals in Equatorial Guinea in September.
“There is no way Banyana Banyana will be No1 Africa if we do not qualify and do well in all the competitions we participate in.”
South Africa will for the first time after three years have two most capped members of the team together in Nompumelo Nyandeni (92 caps) and Portia Modise (90). Nyandeni returned from Russia on Wednesday and was due to be assessed by the medical team last night (Thurs).
The return will ease the pressure on Noko Matlou and captain Amanda Dlamini in terms of scoring goals for Banyana Banyana. On Nyandeni, Mkhonza said: “She was injured the last time she was in camp with us in the last training camp.”
Banyana Banyana will have to keep a close eye on Etas (spelling correct subs) Banda who scored Zambia’’s solitary goal in Lusaka in the first leg.