South Africa’s U-20 coach, Maud Khumalo has said his players are determined to see Nigeria’s Falconnets fall in the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Polokwane, South Africa.
Khumalo said the Basetsana, as they are called, are motivated by the need to make their maiden appearance at the tournament billed for France in August 5-24.
“I have two things to say: mental strength and team work. That’s what is going to make us go through.
“As a coach, I need to take that pressure, block it and ensure that it doesn’t get to the players because they are young and some of them have never played against Nigeria,” Khumalo said.
“There are a few who have played against Nigeria (at Under-17 level) who have grown and that bodes well for us. They know what they will come up against and they are willing to put everything on the line… to go to the World Cup.
“Going to the World Cup would be a big deal for them because they would be exposed to a bigger stage. They are going to give their best to achieve that.”