The South African Under 17 Women’s National team, Bantwana has concluded their England camp with a draw in their second friendly international match.
Bantwana played to a one-all draw against their English counterparts on Thursday, August 19 at the Welbech College Sport fields in Birmingham, England.
The camp was in preparation for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place in Trinidad and Tobago from 05 – 25 September 2010.
The South Africans won 4-1 in the first friendly on Tuesday, August 17 and were hoping for a win in the second. They started well when Nomvula Kgoale opened the scoring for the visitors.
But the English, who are ranked fourth on the FIFA Rankings, came out fighting and got their hard earned draw.
Coach Solly Luvhengo says he is happy with the camp up to this point.
He is also proud of the girls’ hard work and dedication and also how they managed to adapt to the climate to perform as they did in England.
“It was a very tight match and it could have gone either way but the girls played very well. England came back strongly in the second half and I was pleased to see how well we managed to contain them and absorb the pressure. It is very important to know how to deal with pressure because this experience might come in handy in the World Cup,” said Luvhengo.
The coach also says the fact that they could not manage a win against a team they beat 4-1 two days ago is not a decline in performance, but that he had made some changes to the team to give other players a chance.
“We played two tough matches in a space of three days and we really put a lot in the first match to register a convincing win against a team ranked 4th in the world. I think a draw was a fair result for this match. It is also good that we got this kind of result because it will help us eradicate of any form of complacency going into a tournament of this magnitude,” added the coach.
In the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago, Bantwana will face Korea Republic, followed by Germany and their final group stage match is against Mexico.
The South Africans return home on Saturday, 21 August 2010. They are expected to land at 7.am at the O.R Tambo International Airport.
Meanwhile the South African Under 17 National Men’s team (Amajimbos) will go into a training camp in Johannesburg on Sunday, August 22. This will be in preparation for their African Youth Championship qualifying match against Burkina Faso on Saturday, August 28.
The match will be played at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa and is scheduled to kick off at 3pm.