Banyana skipper embraces Sweden test


Banyana will host the world's number 10-ranked nation in a friendly on Sunday at Cape Town Stadium (14h00), having lost two previous meetings at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Desire Ellis's charges, however, are in high spirits after recently being named the 2017 CAF Women’s National Team of the Year following their COSAFA Women’s Championship in September 2017.

Banyana are using the upcoming game to prepare for 2018 AFCON and 2019 World Cup qualifiers.

“We are looking forward to the match, it will be my second time playing against Sweden and they are very tough opponents. It’s an honour and a privilege to have them in South Africa. They are the second international team to come to South Africa after The Netherlands, and it is always good to have such quality come and play us as they really help in terms of gauging how far we are,” said Van Wyk.

“We have say thank you to our sponsor Sasol, as well as the South African Football Association for all the support they have given women’s football. without them we would not be where we are right now.”

She added: “This is all about preparation for a very crucial year for Banyana Banyana and a wonderful start to the year. It is also the first game of the year so nothing can beat that – playing against such highly decorated opposition. We are really looking forward to competing against them. The morale in the team is very high and we are up for the challenge. It is going to be tough but in order for us to grow we have to play such games otherwise you remain stagnant and never learn.”

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