BANYANA Banyana striker Silindile Ngubane believes they will qualify for the 2015 World Cup despite a tough African’s Women’s Championship (AWC) draw.
The senior women’s side were drawn in Group B with Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria for the African Championship, scheduled for Namibia from 11 to 25 October.
The top three finishers at the tournament will represent the continent at the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
The three other sides in Group B will all be coming into the tournament with the motivation provided by their male counterparts’ qualification for the World Cup in Brazil.
Banyana’s opening match is against Cameroon at the Independent Stadium on 12 October.
The two sides last played to a 1-1 draw in Yaounde in a friendly ahead of the 2012 edition of the AWC in Equatorial Guinea.
Durban Ladies star Ngubane told SunSport they were expecting Cameroon to come down hard on them: “They are a strong and determined side. I saw their Olympic matches and although they lost all of them, they are hard workers.
“We managed a draw the last time but I think they will come back stronger.”
Ghana had an even better result against Banyana the last time the two met, winning a recent friendly 1-0. South Africa should not be expecting the match to be a walk in the park.
“Ghana beat us through one small mistake when we hosted them in Soweto. Most of the players they used were Under-20 players.
“They will want to prove the win was no fluke. We will have to brace ourselves for a tough tournament,” Ngubane said.
But she said she was confident Banyana would be ready for the trip to Windhoek.
She said: “We have been working to improve different aspects on the field. But we need to tighten our attack. We create a lot of chances, which we don’t capitalise on.
“We are a strong side but we need to be patient and fix the little things, so that we will be ready for Namibia.”
Article published in Daily Sun 24 July 2014