Ghana Under-20 captain Mercy Myles in action against Namibia

By Patrick Akoto

South Africa’s Under-20 female coach Sheryl Botes expects a tough Ghana challenge during Saturday’s  first leg qualifier of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. 

Basetsana played out a practice match on Thursday against Sunwood Park Boys before they engaged the Banyana Banyana in a similar exercise.

The game which will take place at the Sinaba Stadium in Dayeyton will be keenly contested for as its present the final qualifying hurdle for both countries ahead of the Fifa U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan in August and coach Botes is aware of the pedigree of the Ghanaians.

“The mood in the camp is very positive following our victory over Botswana. But it’s all in the past as we turn our focus to Ghana,” Botes sad

”We played a goalless draw against Banyana Banyana and this match has helped us to work on our defensive tactics.

“Our main focus is building the base for attacks, the more goals we score in the home leg, the better for us as it will help a great deal in the return leg in Ghana in a fortnight,”

There are no injury worries for princesses coach Robert Sackey while South African influential starter Robyn Moodaly who dislocated her arm in the return leg against Botswana played three weeks ago is racing against time to be fit.

Kickoff is at 15h00

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