Amanda Dlamini says Banyana are ready to make history
Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 14:40
Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini is adamant that her team will realise their dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games in London next year.
Banyana take on Ethiopia in the first leg of the qualifier at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
South African have never qualified for the Olympics since the country re-entered international sport in early 90s, but Dlamini says history will be made, starting on Saturday.
“We are improving with each and every game and the fact that we have been together for long time is doing wonders,” she says.
“We had such wonderful performance during the Cosafa Cup in Harare and were unlucky to lose to Zimbabwe, who have improved a lot since we last played them here at home.
“It’s gonna be big challenge playing against Ethoipia, but if we can produce the same performance as during the Cosafa Cup I don’t see us failing to win on Saturday.
“We have never qualified for finals, so it’s our time to make a history now. We will go all out for goals on Saturday to make our job easier when we play the return match in Ethiopia.”
Dlamini had the opportunity to watch the Women’s World Cup held in Germany recently and says she learnt a lot from the tournament.
“It terms of talent there is not much difference between ourselves and those teams; we just need to play more international games to gain experience.”