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Olympics, here we come-Banyana

“Now that we are going to the finals in Equatorial Guinea in November, everything is going to be about the London Olympics,” said assistant coach Jerry Laka.

“We are going to focus on the final touch-ups, it is important that we make a bold statement at the Olympics in our first appearance. We must do well to increase support for and the profile of South African women’s soccer. It’s about time that our women soccer players are also recognised when it comes to personal sponsorship deals and promoting various products on the billboards.”

The Banyana assistant coach said they were hoping for utility player Janine van Wyk to make a speedy recovery so that she can make it to Germany.

Banyana will be off to Abuja, Nigeria, on Wednesday for a return international friendly against the Super Falcons of Nigeria. The two sides played to a goalless draw in the first leg in Phokeng a fortnight ago.

Commenting on their performance against Zambia, coach Joseph Mkhonza said: “I’m happy but we still need to be more ruthless in front of goal. I urge all South Africans to believe in us as we want to make them proud in London.”

After the trip to Nigeria, Banyana will be released to play for their respective clubs at the Sasol National Championships.

Laka said: “After that we will be off to Germany on July 2 for a training camp, which will include international friendlies against Cameroon and Britain.”

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