Banyana ready for Botswana test – Swart

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Banyana Banyana shot-stopper Kaylin Swart says the women’s national team is up to the task ahead of their second international friendly game against Botswana on Tuesday, 13 April.

The match is scheduled to start at 15:00 in the afternoon at Wits University Stadium.

Desiree Ellis’ side come into this encounter in a confident mood after hammering Zambia 3-1 over the weekend, thanks to a brace by Noko Matlou and a goal by Thembi Kgatlana.

Swart has praised her teammates for their fighting spirit which led to a victory after coming back from a goal down against She-polopolo.

“The come from behind play just showed the character of the team and just how much we have grown. We all know that turning the scoreline is never easy,” said the 26-year-old goal minder.

“There are so many things we can look forward to and it starts with these friendly games – it is always the little things like these that built the team character as well as an individual character.

“Coming back from a goal down was a great test for us – we just have to keep going and keep fighting.”

JVW FC goalkeeper went on to say that the hard-fought win was based on the hard work they put in at training.

This was Banyana Banyana’s first match ever since the Cosafa Women’s Championship in November 2020.

“We are looking forward to tomorrow (vs Botswana) – it’s another big task for us as we know what Botswana can produce. Yes, it is a friendly match and I wouldn’t say it is a rival game, but we had some heartbreak in the past against them and we want to do the best we can,” she added.

“We have to have the same mindset we had on Saturday when we face them and have a good battle because it is not going to be easy, but I think we are up for it.

“These two games are great – and could not have come at a better time. The league hasn’t started for some of us, so this is good in all respects. And it also helps with the momentum when we return to our clubs and do well there.”

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