Bantwana ooze confidence ahead of Brazil match
U-17 girls leave early to adapt for World Cup
South African Under-17 women’s team defender Jessica Wade is optimistic that they will make the nation proud at the U-17 Fifa World Cup in Uruguay.
Yesterday, Bantwana left South Africa shores for Uruguay. Coach Simphiwe Dludlu said the reason they decided to leave early was that they wanted to acclimatise to the Uruguayan environment.
Bantwana kick off their World Cup finals campaign on November 13 with their opener against Mexico in Group B. Brazil and Japan are other nations in Bantwana’s group.
Addressing the media before their departure Wade, a tough-tackling centreback with agility and tactical awareness, showed a lot of confidence and readiness for this women’s junior football global showpiece.
“The way we’ve prepared makes us believe that we are capable of making the nation proud at the World Cup,” said a serene 15-year-old Wade.
In their World Cup preparations, Dludlu’s troops participated in the Brics Games where they notably held Brazil to a 0-0 draw on home soil. Bantwana also outshone China and India while managing another stalemate against Russia in July.
“We learnt a lot of lessons from the Brics Games. We were fortunate to taste our credentials against Brazil because we are in the same group at the World Cup.
“We are aware of their attacking football and skilful players, but we also have enough quality to fight for our country,” noted Wade.
Bantwana also played with some Spanish clubs during their eight-day trip to Spain as they were continuing with their World Cup preparations. They clashed with teams like Valencia and Levante, among others.
“We are definitely a team to be reckoned with. We have been together for a long time. The mood is amazing among us as players,” said Wade, who’s in the books of JVW Girls Football Club in Bedfordview.
Under-17 defender Jessica Wade.