SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM OFF TO CAMEROON FOR CONTINENTAL TOURNEY

Banyana Banyana, South Africa's women's football team, have jetted to Cameroon to participate in the Women's African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament where they will play their opening match this Saturday against neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Banyana is in group A with host Cameroon, Egypt and Zimbabwe. Having come off morale- boosting performances in a number of friendly matches, the team will be looking forward to a memorable Afcon tournament at which they hope they will go one up this time, after finishing runners-up four times in this tournament.

Interim head coach Desiree Ellis is convinced her players are ready for the challenge at hand. "When you look around, what you can say is that the players are excited; we've had a good training session and we really looking forward to the tournament."

With the influx of new players in the Banyana team, Amugelang Motau believes they are ready to represent the nation with aplomb and cannot wait to participate in their first ever tournament for Banyana. "I feel really grateful and I think for me it's a dream come true. I feel like I need to be at my optimum so that I can make the people who believed in me and gave me this opportunity proud."

Having played and won their friendly matches against two of the same opponents in their group, Banyana are not resting on their laurels and will work hard to win against Zimbabwe and Egypt again.

Team captain Janine Van Wyk says the matches against these opponents will be a completely new game and past results mean nothing when they meet. "It's a totally different ball game when it comes to tournament. Opponents give their everything they obviously don't hold back."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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