Despite the 1-0 loss to Nigeria at the Caledonian Stadium, Tshwane last Saturday in a 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifier, Makalakalane reckons that it was a good performance and that they are ready for an all-out war with Zimbabwe.
“I’m keeping the same team I used against Nigeria last week. I have only two changes affecting Linah Motsebo - who is jetting out to USA today, and an ill Janine van Wyk. They have been replaced by Xolisile Mnikati and Hlengiwe Ngwane, respectively.
“The composition of this team is that of a fairly young talented side, which I’m grooming to lead Banyana’s march towards becoming the number one team in Africa. That march starts against Zimbabwe.
“To achieve this, we must win games and qualify for Caf and Fifa competitions. We are playing an important game against Zimbabwe and we are playing them away, so this is not an easy game. But we are going there full of confidence and in the knowledge that we could have beaten Nigeria,” Makalakalane says.
Banyana depart for Harare by air tomorrow.
The team is:
Goalkeepers: Phindile Nkosi (Croesus Ladies), Mandy de Arouja (Sundowns FC)
Defenders: Keneilwe Mathibela (Tuks HPC), Pearl Alexander (Santos FC), Gloria Thato (Bophelong Ladies), Xolisile Mnikathi (Sunflower FC), Hlengiwe Ngwane (Super Falcons FC), Nothando Vilikazi (Moroka Swallows FC), Simphiwe Dludlu (Tuks HPC)
Midfielders: Kylie-Ann Louw (Sundowns Ladies), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Merry Ntsweng (Mphalele Ladies), Phumzile Mokgamane (Swallows FC), Nompumelelo Nyandani (Kwa-Mashu Ladies),
Strikers: Danielle Clayford (Santos FC), Noko Matlou (Brazilian FC), Zandile Ndlovu (Umlazi Ladies), Nomthandazo Kubheka (Umlazi Ladies).