Coach of the South African under-20 Women’s National Team, Basetsana, believes they will get the desired result when Nigeria under-20 squad comes to South Africa for the second leg of the third and final round of the 2016 Papua New Guinea Women’s under-20 World Cup qualifier. The return leg will take place on Saturday, 7 November at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa. Kick off is at 15:00.
South Africa lost 2-1 to the Falconets of Nigeria in the first leg at the Abuja National Stadium at the weekend (Saturday, 24 October) but scored what might prove a crucial away. Basetsana went down 2-1 to the Falconets of Nigeria on Sunday, 24 October 2015 at the National Stadium Abuja in Nigeria. Head coach Elisabeth Migchelsen says: ‘Under the circumstances we had in Nigeria, I think this is a very good result. They way the staff and the team dealt with everything was just amazing. We had a long travel, had to change hotels and we played on a very long grass but still managed to score an away goal against Nigeria. What gives me more hope is that we scored a crucial away goal.’
The squad is enjoying a week’s break and return to camp on Sunday, 1 November to start preparations for the second leg. But the technical team knows what needs to be done to ensure victory. Migchelsen: ‘I am very confident of a positive result at home mainly due to the circumstances I mentioned earlier. If you saw how the girls fought, they showed they want to go to the World Cup. They played with their hearts, they were disciplined in what they needed to do, and so with all that I am very positive. We know first of all that we cannot afford to concede, then we must score a goal and then we would have qualified. They will try to make it difficult for us but I see the results going our way.’
Meanwhile the players who got injured in Abuja on Saturday are recovering well. Noma Sikweza was taken off due to chest pains while her replacement Amanda Mthandi suffered an ankle sprain. The winner between Basetsana and Nigeria under-20 will qualify for the 2016 FIFA under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.