Bantwana coach Simphiwe Dludlu guards against complacency in U-17 Women's World Cup qualifying
Posted: 6 February 2018 Time: 15:00
South Africa U-17 women's team coach Simphiwe Dludlu insists her side will not fall prey to complacency in their U-17 World Cup qualifying decider with Morocco in Sale on February 17.
Bantwana are expected to book their place at the tournament in Uruguay after hammering the Moroccans 5-1 in the first leg at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.
Dludlu, however, maintains it's not over yet.
“I am still nervous but it’s good nerves – the kind that say it’s not over yet. The kind that remind us that this is a game of football and it can still be lost there. These are the kind of nerves that remind us to go back to the drawing board to strengthen what we did right, and improve on what was lacking,” said Dludlu.
“I am not going to be complacent, and the girls will certainly not be complacent. We actually two feet out because the opposition can also come up with a good plan to counter ours. We just have to forget about the last match, it’s behind us. We are going to play a new game altogether. Yes, we put ourselves at an advantage but the results that matter are of the upcoming fixture, nothing else.”
Midfielder Karabo Dlamini, who hit a brace before getting sent off on the weekend, is suspended for the upcoming contest, but winger Sphumelele Shamase is well on her way to recovery from a shoulder injury.