Captain of South Africa Women National Team, Janine van Wyk is disappointed they will not be playing Nigeria in the final round of the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers as she had hoped that Banyana Banyana would have had the privilege of kicking the African Champions out.
Till date, South Africa have remained underdogs to Nigeria in both men and women football, and that is a tag they desperately want to erase.
“I said to my teammates that I wanted Nigeria, deep down I wanted to meet them because I think this team is ready to face them and beat them, but now we have to face Equatorial Guinea and we know how tough they can be,” Van Wyk told SAFA.net.
Well, it turns out it’s not Nigeria they will tackle later in the year, and she has admitted that Equatorial Guinea would not be any easier even as she believes they will make it to Rio.
“Physically they are strong and they have very players and I do believe we stand a good chance of going to Brazil. If we play as a unit, fight together I don’t see us falling in this last hurdle.
“Also, we have a good coach who knows how to plan, and it will be her first encounter against Equatorial Guinea since she took over Banyana Banyana and I am certain she will help the team prepare well to take on this huge assignment. But I have a strong belief that we can make it.