Banyana Banyana will have a second chance to correct their wrongs from the first match against the Netherlands, this evening. Banyana suffered 1-0 defeat at the Mandemakers Stadium, in Waalwijk on Saturday against the Orange Lionesses. The goal came in as early as the 4th minute through free-kick when Banyana committed a foul outside the home team box area.
Head coach Vera Pauw said her team gave the Netherlands too much respect and they were nervous, hence the silly mistakes.
“At the start my players were nervous, thinking the Netherlands is a top country, and didn’t know what to expect. I could see they had too much respect for them but from the moment they felt they could play against them, they got more confident. At half time we made a few changes- and this helped us in the second half as it stopped the Dutch team from going forward. They didn’t know how to get behind our defence, and we ended up with better chances. We could have scored at least two goals,” said Pauw
The Sasol sponsored team did not play against a full strength Dutch squad on Saturday but Pauw warns Tuesday will be a different ball game.
“We have to be honest because the Dutch team did not play their top players, so Tuesday will not be any easier, in fact it will be harder. But that is good for us to show we can also step up a gear as we go into the Olympics- move from strength to strength. We need to see how we perform when they have their full squad. Today we definitely showed what we are capable of, added Pauw.
Banyana will have to put their mishaps behind from their last game and continue with their better second half performance against the Dutch when they meet again on Tuesday.
Banyana captain Janine van Wyk said “we will use the second game to improve on the gains of the first match. Overall we did well and the Netherlands didn’t expect us to play the way we did. Tuesday will be a different game. We know what they are about and they also know what we are about but if we show teamwork again we could come out with a good result. I also feel we have the confidence to play our game.”
Tonight Banyana will play their last match from their two international friendlies against the Netherlands.
Kick-off on Tuesday is at 19h00, at Mandemakers Stadium, Waalwijk.