SA want to end on a high
The SA Women’s team are seeking to end their 2012 London Olympics adventure on a high when they meet world champions Japan on Tuesday.
Banyana Bayana have lost both their matches in the tournament so far, going down 4-1 to Sweden in their opener, and then losing 3-0 to Canada on Saturday. That has put them out of contention for the knockout stages, but they can end on a high with a positive result against the Japanese.
“We are looking forward to the match against Japan, as our styles are similar in that they like to keep and play the ball on the ground and so do we,” says skipper Amanda Dlamini. “We had hoped to do well in our opening two matches to stand any chance of proceeding to the next round, but it was not to be and I would like to applaud the whole team for giving their all.
“We have one match remaining in the competition and we are confident we can come with a positive result even though we know it won’t be easy,” Dlamini added.
“On behalf of Banyana Banyana, I would like to thank SASCOC, SAFA and our loyal sponsor Sasol, for all the support that they have given to our team and it was a privilege to be a part of Team SA at the London Olympics. We have learnt so much from these two games and we hope they will put us in good stead when we challenge for the AWC title later this year.”