Banyana on the brink of sealing World Cup qualification

Jermaine Seoposenwe of South Africa celebrates a goal with teammates during COSAFA Womens Championship match between Botswana and South Africa on the 14 September 2018 at Wolfson Stadium / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana goalkeepers, Kaylin Swart said they have plenty of nerves and are feeling the pressure for Tuesday’s 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) semifinal‚ but maybe a little less than their opponents Mali.

If Banyana wins the game it not only means a ticket to the final but also a top three finish means that a qualification to the FIFA world cup in France in 2019.

“Nerves – yes. Pressure? A lot‚” Swart said.

“We know why we are here. You know‚ we’ve been in this position multiple times‚ and we’ve always come up short.

“But I think this time around the pressure is good‚ because we’ve set so many goals for ourselves‚ and to achieve that goal [on Tuesday] would just be the greatest achievement.

“And not just for ourselves but for the technical staff‚ the federation [Safa]‚ the sponsors [Sasol] – they’ve backed us for so many years and winning would just be giving so much back to them.

“So ja‚ the pressure is on‚ but I think it’s a positive pressure because we know what we’re doing. And having been here before I think we have the upper hand.

“We know Mali haven’t qualified for the World Cup either. And they also have a goal to go to the World Cup.

“So we all have one goal. Who plays for it in the semifinal is what matters.

“But I do think we’ve got an upper hand just because we’ve been in this position.

“But ja‚ it’s going to be a tough one. It’s not going to be easy.

“Whoever comes to play is going to win. And I think I back my team to do that.”

Kick-off is at 8:30 pm SA time.

Photo credit- HeraldLIVE

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