By Sizakele Nkosi
The South African Women’s National Team are set to play France on Sunday, 22 January 2016, at the Stade –Ivoula also known as Stade de L’est. Banyana Banyana caught a plane on Thursday morning to Reunion Island via Mauritius.
After a warm welcome at the Aeroport de la Reunion Roland Garros, the South Africans wasted no time and got to the thick of things by doing a light training session to loosen up muscles.
Interim Head Coach Desiree Ellis charges are aware of how tough the clash will be against France but ready for the task at hand.
“It was a wonderful welcome, they really made us feel like home away from home. But then again we are here for football, and it is always great to come to a football-mad country where the interest is very high on the game,” said Jermaine Seoposenwe.
“As we are playing a tough opponent, we need to play as a unit, more so because we are not match fit seeing that we have just returned from the festive season break. They will test us from every aspect of the game and we have to be ready for it, and that is why it was important for us to have the lighting session so we can back into the routine. But we will go out there on Sunday and do our best,” concluded Banyana Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe.
Skilful midfielder Refiloe Jane said the match against France is more than just a friendly match, Banyana will use this opportunity against France to prepare themselves for 2019 World Cup and 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nation qualifiers.
“This is the start of the journey for us in qualifying for the FIFA Women’s Cup in France in 2019, and also the 2018 CAF Women Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ghana- the clash against France is a clear indication that preparation are already on the go for those two major events. We really appreciate what SAFA and our proud sponsor SASOL, are doing to ensure that we are ready when we start with the qualifiers of both tournaments.
“As for the clash against France, it will not be an easy one but we have proven before that the stronger they come the better we are also in our play. Iam confident that despite their experience we also have our strong points which we need to make use of to come out on top on the day,” added Refiloe Jane.