Head coach of South African Female Youth side, Maud Khumalo after losing 4:0 to Ghana’s Female Youth team claimed her side is ready and she feels very confident of qualifying to the world cup in France next year for the first time.
Skipper of the Black Princesses Priscilla Adubea and Grace Asantewaa scored two goals at both halves to ensure the Yusif Basigi’s side stay unbeaten for the year 2017.
South Africa are seeking qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in France, but one hurdle they need to cross is against three times semi-finalists, Nigeria.
Nigeria have made it to all seven previous tournaments and are the only African side to have made it to the semi-finals of the biennial event whiles South Africa are currently seeking to make it for the first time.
The former Banyana Banyana player who’s heading the Basetsana side insisted that the friendly against the Black Princesses will help put her side in shape ahead of their all-important encounter against Nigeria.
“We are very positive in any sense that, as far as we’ve gotten this game it is easier now for us to see where we are heading. I believe that my team will do well, Nigerians use their physic so we’ll also use what we have. I believe my team is going to do well against Nigeria.
“I believe this game has taught us a lot and it’s a wakeup call to our players and myself.” – Coach Maud Khumalo told spicefmonline.com
Khumalo went on to state that her side play similar football compared to Ghana, just that their upcoming West African opponent have on their side aggression and very physical also.
“Ghana and South Africa play similar football, both teams pass the ball a lot, but Ghana has the strength and aggression. Nigeria play long balls and running, take shots from afar – very different from how Ghana play” – Coach Khumalo added.
The Basetsana of South Africa won 5:2 on aggregate against Burundi to set up a last phase qualifying game against Nigeria come January 2018, to battle out for the World Cup slot.
Ghana will engage Cameroon over a two legged tie to settle on the nation to represent the continent.
By: George Nitro Duah