Banyana close to qualifying for the World Cup

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The Banyana Banyana vice-captain, Refiloe Jane, says the players are in high spirits ahead of their Africa Women’s Cup of Nations semi-final clash against Mali.

The match will determine which team qualifies for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Jane also added that while they were confident for their clash against the West African, it was important to guard against complacency.

“We know what is at stake; we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. There is still a big game that we need to play, that is what we need to focus on as much as the morale is very high; we still need to stay focused and make sure we do what we have to do to qualify.”

Banyana Banyana will play in what will be their most critical fixture of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on Tuesday evening.

They face Mali at the Cape Coast Stadium in a match that will determine qualification for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.

Both South Africa and Mali have never made it to the World Cup.

Banyana Banyana vice-captain, Refiloe Jane emphasised on the importance of the match.

“It’s the first opportunity to qualify; we want to wrap things up in the first opportunity we get. In the past we have lost in the semi-finals and we lost in the losers final again so we don’t want to see that happening again. That’s why we want to do this game differently to how we have done it in the past.”

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