Dludlu: BRICS tourney good exposure
Posted: 10 July 2018 Time: 08:30
Simphiwe Dludlu, coach of the national Under-17 women’s team, says the upcoming BRICS tournament will give her players an idea of what to expect at the FIFA World Cup later this year.
The BRICS tournament will feature Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and will be played from July 15 to 23 in Johannesburg.
Bantwana are using the competition to prepare for the World Cup which will be played in Uruguay from November 13 to December 1.
Dludlu’s ladies are in Group B with Brazil, Japan and a representative from CONCACAF.
“It will help us a great deal because these are teams we have never played in the past (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and we know the magnitude of these teams, which are also in different parts of the world – their development structures are better and also the competition is better,” said Dludlu.
“The BRICS tournament will give us an idea of what we will face when we go to Uruguay, that’s very important for us. And also it’s good exposure for the girls because we are just used to playing African teams, now we are playing against opponents from different continents.
“It will put the players under pressure, but it’s all for a good cause. The number of days we will be playing in between is a great exercise as it will prepare us for the world. It’s good that we are getting this opportunity now so we can build on that foundation when we go to the World Cup.”