The South Africa U17 Women’s Team (Bantwana) head coach Simphiwe Dludlu says her side was nervous playing in front of the ‘’noisy supporters of Chipolopolo’’ in their first leg of the FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier, in Lusaka on Friday afternoon.
Bantwana lost 2-0 courtesy of first-half goals by Dorica Malunga who benefited from an error in South Africa’s defence in the 19th minute and Ester Banda who scored on the stroke of halftime in the 43rd minute.
“Taking home, we need to make sure that every training session is with a marching band where they [Bantwana] are able to play through the noise and everything, ”said Dludlu.
“We anticipated a tough match, playing Zambia is never an easy challenge. We had a bad first half and it was evident that the players were a bit nervous playing in front of the noisy supporters of Chipolopolo,” added Dludlu.
Dludlu and her side will be keen to get a win when they meet Zambia in the return leg to be played on 14 March in Johannesburg.
“We have a lot of work to do when we get back home as we believe that all is not lost. We will be beefing up our squad and of course working on areas that we lacked in today,” concluded Dludlu.
Quotes from Safa.net
By FARPost Reporter