South Africa striker, Jermaine Seoposenwe will be missing in action in today’s much anticipated semi-final clash against Nigeria after picking up two yellow cards in the group stage of the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The 23 year-old, who plays for Samford University in the US, was first given a yellow card for “unsporting behaviour” in Banyana Banyana’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon, before getting her second booking of the tournament in their 5-0 victory over Egypt for “delaying the restart of play”.
Speaking at Monday’s pre-match press conference, she expressed her disappointment at being suspended for the match against the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
“It’s a little disappointing to miss such a crucial match against such a good side that challenges you as a player, but I believe in my teammates,” Jermaine stated.
“I joined the team a little late but before I came our team have had great results. I think my teammates are ready for the match and they want to win really badly, because they want to make our country proud.
“I believe that everyone has one goal and everyone is working towards that one goal.”
South Africa played for 207 minutes without a scoring a goal, but ended up unleashing five against Egypt in their last group match, with Seoposenwe also getting her name on the scoresheet.
Now, she believes that has given them a lot more confidence going into the match against Nigeria.
“It gives us a lot of momentum going into the next match knowing we have now found our scoring prowess. We kind of struggled a little bit in the beginning but we knew that we had the ability to score goals and that’s what we showed in the Egypt game,” she enthused.
“I think it definitely helped our confidence. It also helped us individually, because sometimes as forwards you kind of lose confidence when you can’t score goals for your team and so it just helps all of our offensive players going into the next match.
“We are not going into this game for a tie we are going into the game wanting to win and we have to score to win.”