Miracle needed for Bantwana to progress


Simphiwe Dludlu’s ladies were beaten 6-0 by Japan on Friday, three days after they played to a goalless draw with Mexico in their opening World Cup match. They take on Brazil in their final Group B match today in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Bantwana, who are bottom of the group, have a -6 goal difference and would need to beat Brazil by an avalanche of goals to have a chance of progressing to the quarterfinals.

Both Bantwana and Brazil are on one point after two matches, while group leaders Japan and Mexico – who meet in the other match – are on four points each.

Already Bantwana have improved on the performance of the class of 2010, who finished their group campaign under former coach Solly Luvhengo with no points in the bag after three matches.

Bantwana shot-stopper Kaydee Windvogel believes they have what it takes to get a positive result against Brazil.

“I do think we stand a chance against the Brazil team, it’s not the first time we are facing them. The first time we played them we drew but we can’t bank on the past as this is a different ball game altogether now,” said Windvogel.

“I am very confident that we will give Brazil a good game. We have to score goals, play our heart outs and play for each other. Most importantly we need to give support upfront and get the ball into the back of the net which I think is our only major problem,” added Windvogel.