Pauw: Banyana making “huge progress”


Pauw's charges concluded a four-day training camp on Friday, which included a practice match against the SAFA School of Excellence U-16 team at Bedfordview FC's grounds.

Banyana lost 4-2, with their goals coming from experienced defender Gloria Thato, who plays for University of Pretoria Ladies F.C, and Alochia Thoboka, who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies F.C. Both clubs are in the Gauteng Sasol League.

Pauw said: “The aim of playing the match was for us to test our strength and our build-up going forward. I think we’ve made huge progress if I compare to the first time we played against the same team two months ago, and lost that game 4-0.

“We only struggled later in the match, and they managed to score four goals, but we created different chances and scored two goals as well - that is a huge step for us.”

The opposing coach Mojalefa Mathebula added: “The girls have improved a lot from the last time we played against them, they are better organised and defend very well. They are more dynamic when going forward and physically strong.

“I am confident that the girls will do well at the African Women’s Championships. What impressed me the most was their technical ability. They are more vigorous, their first touches are impressive and their ability to play accurate long diagonal balls is outstanding.”

The top three teams at the AWC will qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Canada.