Banyana Banyana forward Jermaine Seoposenwe insists a victory against New Zealand is crucial ahead of her side’s 2016 Rio Olympic Games campaign.
The clash against New Zealand is the final warm-up encounter for both teams ahead of the start of the world’s biggest spectacle, reports Safa.net.
The 22-year-old forward insists that getting a victory over New Zealand in their international friendly will give them confidence in attack which they’ve been lacking.
‘It feels good to be here finally, even though it still feels like it is taking forever for the Games to start, but it is good to finally be in the Olympic Village,’ Seoposenwe said.
‘We also got some training under our belt and we are trying to get ready for our friendly, hopefully we can get a good result out of that because I believe we need that, and not just a good performance but a win because even though we played well against teams like the USA and The Netherlands, losses are not what we wanted.
‘Getting a win in that match would be good for the team as a whole and it will increase the confidence of trying to get goals, which is what we have lacked in. And so it would be good if we could get a positive result and take it to the tournament.’
Seoposenwe says that Banyana Banyana has had great preparation leading up until now, playing the like of Cameroon, Zimbabwe, The Netherlands and the number one ranked side the USA.
‘Yes it has been very good, and I believe the team is ready in terms of organisation and tactics. I think we have learned so much. We also have the determination, which we showed against the US, the best team in the world. So I believe we are ready but there are still a couple of things we need to adjust, alter and get better at,’ she added.
‘The team has definitely grown from where we were a few months ago, and you could see that from the performance against the USA, so we are ready and very excited for the game (against Sweden) to come because there is something we bring to the table that no one else does.’
The South African’s Women’s National side take on Sweden in their opening group stage match at the Olympic Games.
Image: Safa website
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