Banyana Banyana begins their 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations with a difficult opponent. They will be going against defending champions, Nigeria, on Monday, 4 July 2022.
The five times Women’s African Cup of Nations runner-up, Banyana Banyana, made a perfect start to their journey with a 12-0 aggregate thrashing to Mozambique in October. They went on to edge out Algeria 3-1 on aggregate to book themselves a spot in the tournament.
Banyana Banyana lost 5-1 to European champions, the Netherlands, in a friendly game in April. Despite losing the game, coach Desiree Ellis exposed some domestic players to gain experience.
After arriving on Wednesday 22 June 2022 ahead of the start of the tournament, the senior women’s national team have spent more than a week in Morocco.
Banyana Banyana‘s goalkeeper Kaylin Swart, shared some insights on the mood in the camp. She says that the team is in good spirits leading up to the game against the super falcons of Nigeria.
“I think leading up to our opening game, we really need a positive result. Our spirits are high, everyone is ready to get going. I think we all waiting for the 4th of July right now you know. Everyone is in good spirits and I think the coaches have done a good job with us until today, we are just hoping for a positive result and just move forward, and hopefully, we can get to our end goal, which is the final and actually win it”, says Swarts via Banyana Banyana twitter account.
The senior women’s national team doctor, Rodney Mokoka, has confirmed that so far all of the players are available, they are in good condition and there are no injuries or medical conditions as the squad proceeds with preparations for the tournament.
The Banyana Banyana team is pleased with the support that they are getting from the supporters. Swarts have indicated how much encouragement the squad are receiving from the amount of the positive messages that they are receiving from the South African supporters.
“All I can say is thanks for the effort you guys [Banyana Banyana supporters] put in to support us and rally behind us. We just ask you to continue to send those positive messages and the positive vibes back from South Africa. We are really excited to have all the support and I know everyone on this team and everyone back home, friends, and family are rooting for us. We will do everything we can to make you proud”, Swarts added.
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