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Banyana need killer instinct in front of goal


JOHANNESBURG – Banyana Banyana needs to be more ruthless in front of goal to realise their dream of winning their first African Women’s Championship football title.
This was the observation of star defender Janine van Wyk after the team drew 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe in Daveyton on Tuesday. Banyana were using the two friendlies against Zimbabwe to prepare for the championship in Equatorial Guinea that kicks off on October 28. The South Africans won the first friendly in Dobsonville on Saturday 1-0, through a goal by captain Amanda Dlamini. New recruit Silindile Ngubane scored on Tuesday.

“The two games against Zimbabwe helped us a great deal to assess the areas where we need to improve before going to Equatorial Guinea,” said Van Wyk.

“We did not play that well because it was the first time we had played competitive matches since the London Olympics in August.

“There are some areas where we need to work hard, like finishing – where we need to show more aggression to win matches,” she said.

“We will spend the next few days focusing on it. We want to be razor sharp (in Equatorial Guinea).”

Van Wyk was confident that they will end defending champions the Super Falcons’ of Nigeria’s monopoly of this eight-nation tournament.

“We expect stiff opposition from the hosts Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Cameroon and, of course, Nigeria, but we are ready for all of them,” she said.

Coach Joseph Mkhonza was also upbeat about their chances in Equatorial Guinea.

“We were too complacent against Zimbabwe in the second game. I told the players that we need to respect all teams if we are serious about winning. I have no doubt we will win the tournament,” he said.

Banyana reached the final in 2000 and 2008, losing to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea respectively.  –Sowetan

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