21 February 2013

South Africa: Banyana Banyana to Play School of Excellence in Practice Match

The South African Senior Women's national team (Banyana Banyana) will play a School of Excellence Select Squad in a practice match on Friday 22 February as part of the preparations for the Cyprus Women's Cup scheduled to take place from 6-13 March 2013.

The match will take place at the School of Excellence and kicks off at 16h00.

The practice match will give head coach Joseph Mkhonza an opportunity to assess the 22 players he will select to travel with to Cyprus on Monday 25 February 2013. The practice match will replace the proposed international friendly match that was due to be played on Saturday 23 February 2013.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will then play an international friendly match against Group A side New Zealand on Saturday 2 March at the Alpha Sports Centre in Larnana, Cyprus. Kick off for that match is 15h00.

Banyana are in Group C together with South Korea, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland while New Zealand are in Group A with England, Italy and Scotland.

Coach Mkhonza says he is impressed by the players showing since training got underway on Monday (18 February 2013) and feels he has a bunch of players that are ready to take on the world.

"All the players have been giving their best at training; I suppose the competition for places is making them go all out, which is good to see. This will make the job of picking the final squad a demanding task. I will have to make my selection all the same and as I have already said those who don't make the cut will be called up for future camps.

"It is unfortunate that we couldn't get official opponents for the friendly match ahead of our departure but I know the boys at the School of Excellence will give us a good match like they have always done. This practice match will give me a chance to assess the players in a more practical match situation," said Mkhonza.

Banyana Banyana are currently camping at the North West University, High Performance Centre in Potchefstroom preparing for the annual Cyprus tournament.

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