Banyana not settling for a point

Banyana Banyana not settling for a point against Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted: 2 November 2012 Time: 01:58 pm

Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini says they will not settle for a draw when they face the Democratic Republic of Congo in their final Group A game at the African Women's Championships in Equatorial Guinea.

After losing 1-0 to the hosts in their opening match, Joseph Mkhonza's side bounced back to beat Senegal by the same margin in their second game, with Andisiwe Mgcoyi scoring the all-important goal.

The result left the South Africans in second place with three points, tied with DR Congo, who also defeated Senegal 1-0 in their opening game.

The Congolese then went on to lose 6-0 to the hosts, putting South Africa in second place with a superior goal difference.

This means that a draw will be good enough to send Banyana into the next round as the second best team in the group, but Dlamini says they are aiming to go for the kill.

"Football can be a very strange game, therefore we can't afford to judge DR Congo on their result against Equatorial Guinea," she says.

"We want to have a good run in the competition so it's important to us to continue with the attitude of wanting to win every game and set the tone going forward.

"We have to play good football and score as many goals as possible; we can't settle for a draw in our last group game."

Dlamini admits that they are not satisfied with their overall performance so far and insists that Sunday's game will be another opportunity for them to correct some of the mistakes they have made.

"As a team we were gutted after losing our opening game," she says. "We were at bit unsettled by the wet conditions but these are the things we have to be prepared for, and we still played well enough to win the game.

"Against Senegal we managed to control the game and created much more scoring chances, but we were only able to convert one.

"As a result, we've been working hard on our finishing and our decision-making in the final third."

Group B is proving to be tight race between Nigeria, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast, but Dlamini says they have not given much thought on who their next opponents will be should they progress to the semi-finals.

"We're not really concentrating on the other group at this stage because we're focused on our stream and the immediate hurdle that we have to overcome to go through to the knockout stage," said Dlamini.

"Our aim is to keep improving so we can be ready for any opponent. We came here to take on the best teams in Africa and that's what we're looking forward to."

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Previous comments on this story...

0408424020(khosi village)
posted: 02:16 pm
Yhoo this is 1 lady i woudnt mind getting it on with
Tibubu
posted: 02:27 pm
She is very hot , unlike those girl who have belly boeps
BornAChamp
posted: 02:49 pm
Good luck to Banyana Banyana for the rest of the tournament.

I don't understand why two people have decided to comment about Amanda instead of Banyana Banyana and how they have improved since Joseph Mkhonza took over.

Bring the cup home ladies!

John John
posted: 03:10 pm
Ladies we are behind you. Play one game at the time with the purpose of winning and enjoying the game.
Good luck
Anonymous
posted: 03:34 pm
WELL DONE BANYANA BANYANA.KEEP THE FIGHTING SPRIT UP!
Anonymous
posted: 07:55 pm
Editor why are you saying that group B is a tight race, what makes it a tight race? The Super Falcons have thrashed both cameroon and ethiopia and is toping the table , so what makes it a tight race.Just say that we are meeting Bayana Bayana in the semis and surely you already know what the result gonna look like.This is the final leg of 90% of our Golden generation of Super Falcons and they need the cup for the final bow out of the soccer arena.The best for the Bayana is the bronze medal!!!
lima
posted: 02:01 pm
Why Banyana news was only published after winning their second game. Greedy and envy in everything. When they loss to the host, I was thinking if Banyana were in the tournament. NO SABC AND ETV EVEN KICKOFF.
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