Hilton-Smith upset with Botswana


The meeting against the North West neighbours will have been the first official match that the Under-17 team plays, but will now have to wait for the winner of the Cameroon-Namibia in May to play their first match.

Fran Hilton-Smith, the team manager has been left irritated.

“I am cross with what Botswana has done,” she says.

“I only found out that they had withdrawn while I was in Namibia for their African Women Championships preliminary round match. We needed to play this match so that the girls get to feel what it is like to play international matches since they haven’t been so much used to that platform. We are now left with no option but to try and squeeze in some international friendly matches before we play in the first round.

“But it is disappointing that we have had to prepare so much for this game and spent money only to then hear the opponents have pulled out. How could they enter and then decide to pull out? But all the same we now have to work on the positive path looking ahead to the future. We have a very good team that will do us proud with the more games that they play since 12 of the players are already based at the High Performance Centre,” Hilton-Smith tells Kickoff.com.

The inaugural Under-17 World Cup is due to be held in New Zealand in November 2008 and the South African team is coached by women director of coaching Augustine Makalakalane.