27 February 2013

South Africa: Banyana Banyana Arrive Safely in Cyprus

The South African Senior Women's National team (Banyana Banyana) has arrived in Paralimni, Cyprus for their final preparations before the annual 12-Nations Cyprus Women's Cup 2013 that kicks-off on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

The Sasol sponsored senior women's national team will use this final week of preparation to acclimatise and finalise combinations before their opening Group C match against South Korea on Wednesday, 06th March 2013 at the Tasos Marko Stadium in Paralimni. Kick-off is at 14h30.

Banyana Banyana mentor Joseph Mkhonza has been happy with the developments in the team thus far and he will be hoping that early arrival in camp will further benefit the team's preparations.

"Being in Cyprus a week before the kick-off of the tournament will allow us all the opportunity to get used to the weather patterns in this country. It would be very important for us to prepare well for this tournament with the aim being to play for a better position in this years' competition," said Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza.

"We would once again like to thank SAFA and Sasol for the continued support of Women's Football in South Africa by allowing our girls to compete at the highest levels of international football,." said Mkhonza.

The team will train twice a day on Wednesday (27 February 2013) and Thursday (28 February) in Paralimni and will train once on Friday at the match venue in Larnaca in preparation for the friendly match against New Zealand. The friendly match will be played on Saturday 2 March at the Alpha Sports Centre in Larnaca.

Captain, Amanda Dlamini added that the mood in camp is at an all time high with everybody competing for a place in the team.

"The introduction of the five new caps has brought about a positive competitive and vibrant spirit to the team. Our preparations are on track and everyone is looking forward to the next 2 weeks of the tournament. We have set ourselves a target this year and everyone is looking to ensure that we get there"." said Dlamini.

Cyprus Women's Cup 2013 fixtures:

Wednesday 6 March

14.30 New Zealand - Scotland GSP, Nicosia

17.30 England - Italy GSP, Nicosia

14.30 Canada - Switzerland GSZ, Larnaca

17.30 Netherlands - Finland GSZ, Larnaca

14.30 South Africa - South Korea Tasos Marko,Paralimni

17.30 Northern Ireland - Republic of Ireland Tasos Marko,Paralimni

Friday 8 March

14.30 Italy - New Zealand GSZ, Larnaca

17.30 Scotland - England GSZ, Larnaca

14.30 Switzerland - Netherlands GSP, Nicosia

17.30 Finland v Canada GSP, Nicosia

14.30 Republic of Ireland - South Africa Tasos Marko,Paralimni

17.30 South Korea - Northern Ireland Tasos Marko,Paralimni

Monday 11 March

14.30 England - New Zealand GSP, Nicosia

14.30 Italy - Scotland GSZ, Larnaca

17.30 Netherlands - Canada GSP, Nicosia

17.30 Finland - Switzerland GSZ, Larnaca

14.30 South Africa - Northern Ireland Tasos Marko,Paralimni

17.30 South Korea - Republic of Ireland Tasos Marko,Paralimni

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