/ 12 June 2013

Banyana ready for Zim clash

Banyana captain Janine van Wyk.
Janine van Wyk.

They square off in Daveyton on Saturday.

"Zimbabwe normally does not want to lose against South Africa, hence matches between the two sides in the last two years have always gone to the wire. They are like derby matches," Mkhonza said on Wednesday.

Banyana come into the game fresh off a 5-0 thumping of Mozambique at the weekend, but Mkhonza said that result would have little influence on the Zimbabwe fixture.

"Zimbabwe are a different ball game altogether from Mozambique so we are not expecting anything similar to last Sunday's match against Mozambique."

He believed the tight contest would still allow for experimentation in the Banyana line-up.

"Our last few encounters with Zimbabwe have been highly contested and very close and this one will be no different.

"This game will give us the opportunity to look at and test the combinations that we selected in the game against Mozambique."'

'Room for improvement'
While Banyana captain Janine van Wyk was pleased with her side's performance in their previous match, she felt there was room for improvement.

"As a team we are hoping to emulate Sunday's performance when we play Zimbabwe," said Van Wyk.

"There were a few things that we could have done better in our game against Mozambique which we hope to have corrected by the time we play on Saturday."

Zimbabwe are 88th in the Fifa women's rankings, 35 places below South Africa, and come into the game following a 3-1 away victory over Zambia.– Sapa