Banyana Banyana arrived safely in Windhoek for the 2014 African Women’s Championship exuding high spirits and raring to go. The team will be based at Safari Lodge in Windhoek for the duration of the tournament. They held their first training session in Namibia on Tuesday afternoon.
Banyana Banyana take-on Cameroon in the opening match of group B on Sunday at the Independence Stadium. “The team has settled well in Windhoek and we are looking forward to our opening game against Cameroon on Sunday, the ladies are excited. All the preparations we have been doing for the past nine weeks should result in good outcomes, starting with the match on Sunday,” said Janine Van Wyk, Banyana Banyana captain. Vera Pauw’s charges are ready for a tough encounter at this year’s tournament which will also be used as a World Cup qualifier.
They are in the same group as their nemesis Ghana, together with Algeria. The Sasol-sponsored side went on a seven match unbeaten streak in their preparation friendly matches against neighbours Botswana, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Zambia and tournament hosts Namibia.
Banyana Banyana fixtures:
12 October 2014, South Africa vs Cameroon, 17:00, Independence Stadium
15 October 2014, Ghana vs South Africa, 20:00, Independence Stadium
18 October 2014, South Africa vs Algeria, 17:00, Independence Stadium