Jamaica game offers a stern test for Banyana

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Banyana Banyana are hoping to have a stern test against Jamaica in their international friendly match in Durban on Sunday.

The Jamaicans beat Chile twice in four days, before heading to South Africa.

Both South Africa and Jamaica will be participating in the FIFA Women World Cup for the very first time later in 2019.

As Banyana await the Caribbean nation, they are having a good time in Durban. They have already mobilised fans to attend their match against Jamaica on Sunday.

Banyana also met ABSA Premiership side, AmaZulu, at their training base just outside the Moses Mabhida stadium.

The Desiree Ellis-led troops want to quickly forget about the disappointment of the Cyprus Women’s Cup, where they finished in 10th out of 12 nations, and focus on the World Cup.

Banyana Midfielder, Linda Motlhalo, says that the game against Jamaica is a must win.

“It’s a very important match, it’s a must win for us because we know in Cyprus we did not do well, but we’ve learnt from our mistakes and we are looking forward to this game to actually come up with a new plan. A win for the fans will be more than enough and for me personally, scoring a goal and dancing in front of the crowd. That’s my aim.”

Banyana will be playing at the Moses Mabhida for the first time ever; they are hoping fans will come out in droves like they usually do for Premiership matches. They are counting on the supporters as their 12th player in their last match on home soil.

After this match, they are leaving for a training camp in the United States before the World Cup in France in June.

Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe, says that a win can help push them forward.

“I think putting behind the disappointment of Cyprus is gonna be very important and I think a win here can really help push us forward. And playing at a stadium like Moses Mabhida and having large crowds, will revitalise us and push us back into the way we were playing when we were in the AWC. We really need to get back to the winning culture.”

Striker Amanda Mthandi says that she is hoping for a big crowd on Sunday.

“Most of the PSL finals are played here in Durban and the crowds turn up in numbers. So I’m really hoping that we gonna have a big crowd on Sunday and I will like a win on Sunday for the people of Durban.”

Banyana are going into camp on 30 April before jetting off to the United States on the 6 May for the final leg of their World Cup preparations.

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