Banyana Banyana know what to expect from opponents Sweden
Posted: 21 January 2018 Time: 12:00
Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini says they have an idea of what to expect from Sweden having played the Europeans at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Banyana host the Swedish national team side in an international friendly at Cape Town Stadium today (14h00), hoping to get 2018 off to a great start with the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers coming up. Banyana’s qualifying campaign for the tournament that will be staged in Ghana will kick off in April.
Banyana, who are the 2017 Cosafa Cup champions, suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sweden at the Olympics. They will be hoping for a good result this afternoon. Sweden are ranked number 10 in the world and Banyana re 54th position.
“The preparations have been going well. We are united. At training it’s fun and we doing things together. The coach [Desiree Ellie] has been giving us instructions on how Swedish people play. And a few of us also have an idea now because of the game we played against them at the Olympics,” said Dlamini.
“With this Sweden game it’s going to make us grow as individuals. The greatest feeling is that they came to South Africa. You hardly find big national teams coming to South Africa, so this is special for us and we would like to thank them.
“Yes they are a top 10 team in the world, but when it comes to football it’s 11 against 11 on the field. We are a national team that wants to build and wants to go far. We are not focused on what the opponents do, but what we can do for ourselves and what we can do for South African to be recognised worldwide.