Banyana in search of golden ticket

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­press.co.za Banyana Banyana be­gin their African Women’s Cham­pi­onship cam­paign against Cameroon in Namibia to­day.

The Group B fix­ture at the In­de­pen­dence Sta­dium in Wind­hoek will launch South Africa’s quest for a maiden Fifa Women’s World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Banyana fell short of this four years ago when they fin­ished in the semi­fi­nals at the 2010 tour­na­ment.

There is a keen sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion about coach Vera Pauw’s chances to en­sure her charges will do well at the Namibia cham­pi­onship and book their ticket to next year’s global show­piece.

The teams that fin­ish in the top three in Namibia will earn berths at the women’s world soc­cer spec­ta­cle in Canada next year.

Banyana go into the eight-na­tion tour­na­ment at the back of a sev­en­match un­beaten run dur­ing their nine weeks of prepa­ra­tion.

His­tory favours South Africa against Cameroon.

Banyana boasted two wins in their pre­vi­ous clashes against the west Africans at the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onships – in 2010 and 2012 – where they met in the third-place play-off.

After Cameroon, Banyana will face Ghana on Wed­nes­day, the same day Bafana Bafana host Congo-Braz­zav­ille in an Af­con qual­i­fier re­turn leg in Polok­wane.

Pauw’s team will then face Al­ge­ria

PHOTO: SYD­NEY MAHLANGU / BACK­PAGEPIX

TOP SCORER Banyana will rely on Por­tia Modise to bang in the goals at their African Women’s Cham­pi­onship game in Namibia

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