Modise eyes Namibian success


The South African women’s team agonisingly lost the final of the same competition two years ago against Equatorial Guinea, adding to their two previous Final defeats in 2000 and 2008, and will have their work cut out this time round after being placed in a tough group alongside Ghana, Cameroon and Algeria.

Modise, who is two shy of 100 goals for South Africa in the 114 games she has played so far, is hoping for a solid start to the tournament as her side prepare to take on Cameroon on Saturday, and is placing the team’s success over the possibility of achieving a personal milestone of 100 goals.

"If we as a team can do well and go through the group stages in knockout and I will be very happy about that," the experienced Modise tells while in the Namibian capital, Windhoek.

"First and foremost I'm not thinking about the individual accolades ... that will come if we do well as a team by contributing and that will be good for us as a national team."

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The top three teams from the competition, which will be hosted in two venues in Namibia from 11-25 October, will qualify for the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada next year, a feat which Modise dreams of.

"I think playing in the World Cup it is what I want to achieve and, like I said, from now onwards, I'm just concentrating on doing well in the tournament as a team, so I have no other thoughts on accolades,” the 31-year-old says.

“Of course to go there in Canada and experience how it feels to be competing at the highest level in football will be very satisfying."

Modise, who made her debut as a 16-year-old, insists Banyana are ready for the tournament, having been well-prepared by Dutch coach Veronica Pauw.

"We have had a good preparation and if we keep doing well in the tournament, it will be good for us because that is the only thing that we are here for: to do well in the group stages and be in the top three,” she says.

“I can assure you that we are ready for these games."