The South African Women’s National team, Banyana Banyana are raring to go for their international friendly match against the Zambian women’s national team, She-polopolo. Vera Pauw’s charges depart for Zambia on Thursday to take on the Zambians at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday at 15:00. Both Southern African nations are preparing for the ninth edition of the African Women’s Championship (AWC), which will also be used as qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The top three finishers from the AWC will qualify to compete at the World Cup in Canada. Preparations for the match are in full swing. The team assembled in Milpark on Sunday and held their training sessions at the Nike training centre.
“We are not fully ready yet for the tournament, but we are on track. We need to work on getting fitter and stronger and with each friendly match we play we are moving towards that goal,” said Pauw. Banyana Banyana will take onto the field against Zambia without midfielder Amanda Dlamini, who suffered a knee injury in the match against Namibia at the Dobsonville Stadium two weeks ago. “Amanda’s injury is not bad, the scan showed that she will be out for a few weeks and she will be ready for October,” concluded Pauw.
Banyana Banyana will continue playing friendly matches before travelling to Namibia to battle it out with Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana for a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.