Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Kaylin Swart said the mood in camp was a confident one ahead of Tuesday’s Group A Cosafa Women’s Championship opening encounter against Angola at the Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Even with a relatively young side as several players are from the Under-20 national team, coach Desiree Ellis charges are still considered favourites to win the competition having been victorious in the last three editions and have won six of the previous seven played in all.
“Everyone is excited, and we can’t wait for the Cosafa Cup to begin. We all know what it will take to win seeing that we have so many new faces in the squad, but our goal remains the same and that is to win the Cosafa Cup again,” said Swart.
“The mood in camp however is different compared to other camps with social distancing in place we have to be careful with everything we do including how we bond as players.
“We try by all means to keep ourselves focused and ready for the tournament because we know that every national team will be at the Cosafa tournament to compete and win,” she added.
Banyana landed in Port Elizabeth on 27 October to start their Cosafa Women’s Championship title defence with Swart’s teammate in Andile Dlamini stating that she is looking forward to the tournament.
“The camp has been amazing; everyone has adjusted quite well. We are familiar with each other since we are all playing in the SAFA National league and the Sasol league,” said Dlamini.
‘’When it comes to fitness, we have been working on that since we got into camp and the coaches and the physical trainer know what to do regarding that and we are looking forward to our first game,” concluded the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies shot-stopper.
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By FARPost Reporter