Bantwana head coach Simphiwe Dludlu insists that her side still ‘’has a fighting chance’’ and can overturn their two-goal deficit against Zambia.
The South African U-17 Women’s National Team will tackle Zambia in a must win FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier on Saturday afternoon at the Bidvest Stadium and Dludlu will be hoping for a similar performance which saw Bantwana thrash Wits University 7-1 in a practice match on Tuesday.
“We are 2-0 down and need to ensure that we do everything perfectly on Saturday to get the results we need. It is very important for the players to be emotionally intelligent and not allow our current situation to dominate their nerves,” said Dludlu.
A win for Bantwana will see them progress to the next round of qualifiers as they are on a quest to qualify for their second consecutive FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which is set to take place in India in November 2020.
“We believe that all is not lost, and we still have a fighting chance to go through to the next round of World Cup qualifiers,” added Dludlu.
“Zambia is never an easy team to beat but it is not impossible. We have to ensure that we keep disciplined from kick-off, we have to ensure that we keep possession and convert our chances. We have to make sure that we do not concede anymore goals.
“Working with young players is starting from scratch every day and it is important to always emphasize and remind them of work done the previous day, “admitted the Bantwana mentor.
“We as the technical team will also have to ensure that the players are in the correct frame of mind and that they do not allow their emotions to force them into making silly mistakes that could cost us the game,” concluded Dludlu.
Kickoff is at 15:00 and entrance is free at the Wits Stadium in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
By FARPost Reporter