Banyana ready for Zimbabwe

SA National Teams

New coach Vera Pauw will take charge of Banyana for the first time since her appointment last month. Pauw will be aiming to build a formidable squad for the CAF African Women's Championship to be staged in Namibia later this year.

Banyana will be without the services of current captain Janine van Wyk, due to a knee injury, and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Busisiwe Ndimeni, who sustained an injury in the friendly against the School of Excellence Under-16 side.

The team completed preparations at Dobsonville Stadium on Friday morning and the coach said she was looking forward to playing against Zimbabwe.

"This match is going to be very important to be playing a competitive game and it will be a test to see how far we have come in terms of having an organized team on the field and playing structured football.

“We will of course be playing for a win and I want to see the flexibility of the players as it is our starting point but overtime it should become second nature to them. We call on the fans to come to the stadium and support the team on Saturday," said Pauw.

Team captain Barker said she was excited about leading Banyana in the friendly adding that it would be a proud moment for her to lead the team against Zimbabwe.

"This is a very important game in showing the coach that we understand the structured type of football she wants us to play. Zimbabwe have not been easy opponents but we want to play for a win and from there see where we need to improve going forward," said Barker.

Entrance for the clash is free and will be broadcast live on Sabc 2.