The South African Women’s national team, Banyana Banyana is gearing up for their international friendly match against the African Women’s Championship hosts, Namibia on Sunday 10 August. The match was due to be played in Durban, but will now take place in Johannesburg, at the Dobsonville Stadium, kick-off is at 15:00. Vera Pauw is preparing the Sasol-sponsored side for the ninth edition of the African Women’s Championship, which is the biggest Women’s football tournament in Africa, taking place in Namibia from 11-25 October.
The top three finishers at the tournament will automatically qualify for 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Canada. Banyana Banyana were drawn in group B together with Algeria, Cameroon and Ghana and will face Cameroon in their opening fixture. “We still have some time to work on making sure that we are fully ready before our opening match at the tournament,” said Pauw.
Preparations for the match against Namibia went smoothly with Banyana Banyana holding their training sessions at the Nike Training Centre in Soweto. This will be the second match between Banyana Banyana and the Brave Warriors in a short space of time. They played to a 2-1 score in favour of South Africa in Namibia early last month, and Vera Pauw will be looking to use the match on Sunday to fine tune areas that need to be worked on before the African Women’s Championship.
“The aim of each friendly match we play is to make sure that we continue with our preparations for the big tournament. The plan is to move to a play which is more flexible without giving anything away,” concluded Pauw. Banyana Banyana will continue with preparations and playing more friendly matches before travelling to Namibia.