Banyana Banyana’s World Cup debut marked a momentous occasion for the players, despite going down 3-1 to Spain and after a day of reflection following their debut appearance, the players are yet to get over the feelings of Saturday.
The match was one that had many firsts for South Africa at a Fifa Women’s World Cup.
It also came with a lot of emotions for the players.
Their biggest highlight was stepping onto the park, seeing their country’s flag being carried onto the field and then singing the national anthem.
The reality of having overcome many challenges had set in, while their dreams had been finally fulfilled.
“I think we have been dreaming about it for a while. It was a feeling that you can’t describe. You have to feel it. You have to be in the atmosphere,” says Banyana Banyana Goalkeeper, Kaylin Swart.
“At first, I was scared and happy at the same time because it was my first time and I had realised that I have achieved my goal. So, I was very happy and it was a great honour,” says Banyana Banyana player, Kholosa Biyana.
Desiree Ellis will be at ease to know that her troops have not allowed the outcome against Spain to have a negative effect on them.
They remain optimistic for their match against the Chinese who also lost their opening match against Germany.
China will not be easier opposition though. They are ranked 16th in the world, just three places lower than the Spaniards.
Banyana Banyana will spend the next three days in the capital ahead of their second group match.