Friendly match set between the Banyana Banyana and Mighty Warriors

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Banyana Banyana are set to play a friendly match with neighbour’s Zimbabwe, in Tembisa at the Makhulong stadium, Sunday and kick-off is at 15:00.

The match will be a much needed game time between Banyana and Mighty Warriors, as these two women’s national teams will represent Africa at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.

Banyana head coach Vera Pauw said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both us and Zimbabwe, Africa’s sole representatives at the Olympics, to showcase what we can potentially unleash at the Olympics.”

The Zimbabwe football association (ZIFA) is facing money woes and court battles but boardroom issues did not deter their women’s national team from qualifying for two major tournaments this year, the Olympics and Africa Womens Cup of Nation (AWCON).

Zimbabwe Mighty Warriors Line up

Pauw said: ” The two teams will use the occasion to launch final preparations towards Rio. We are grateful to them (Zimbabwe) agreeing to come here at such a short notice . I hope the fans willcome in numbers to watch this encounter as those something that might not happen more often.”

The former Dutch international Pauw is delighted that Zimbabwe will honour the friendly game. In the past years Banyana have struggled to beat Zimbabwe and coach Pauw is wary and aware of what threat Mighty Warriors possess.

“The last time we played against Zimbabwe, it ended in a goalless draw so this will be good for our preparations. After a few weeks not being in camp, we are training camps. The team must be together and train together, so this match comes at a very important time and that is why we are so happy We are able to get back into the full swing of things for the last push towards Rio.”

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