Bantwana managed to turn around a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Zambia to progress to the next round for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers and coach Simphiwe Dludlu says her players fought for each other.
The South Africa U-17 Women’s team thrashed Zambia 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Bidvest Stadium and 3-2 on aggregate.
“Congratulations to the players. They earned this win because they played for each other,” said Dludlu.
“I spoke about emotional intelligence and I said the biggest thing is for us to worry about us first and our emotional being and it had to start with me, I mean before the game I was reading a book because usually, I fight with referees, I am always hyped,” added Dludlu.
Bantwana captain Jessica Wade opened the scoring in the 12th minute with Nelly Gamede finding the back of the net in the 72nd minute to make it 2-0 and substitute Kananelo Taiwe put the final nail in the coffin when she scored the third goal in the 79th minute.
“After our first leg, we told the players that this result was up to them. We made sure that they studied the match and saw where we had positive moments and negative moments. We had to ensure that we contained Zambia and more importantly convert our chances, which we did,” added Dludlu.
“I needed them to always remember that they are 2-0 down so they know when they come to the Zambia game, we are 2-0 down, we are not 0-0 and we needed to fight up until the end, we were prepared for those penalties, we were prepared for anything, we were prepared for Zambia.
“I was reading a book and said let me keep calm, let me keep my nerves because if I am able to do that, they (Bantwana) will get the same energy and it was that. They had to think and think deep and see themselves, how can they be better, how can they bring their emotions into the game where when I need them the most… they carried each other and they knew what is meant to fight for each other,” concluded Dludlu.
By FARPost Reporter