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Not much support for SA's dream girls

By unknown | Nov 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Against all odds Banyana Banyana have reached the finals of the African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

However, Augustine Makalakalane's girls have had to overcome insurmountable odds on their journey to that stage.

Over and above the on-field challenges, there is also the matter of the questionable treatment the team has been subjected to from the South African Football Association.

While there was much made of difficulties around Bafana Bafana's trip to the same country two months ago - particularly with media officer Sifiso Cele being refused a visa to enter the country - there was no attempt to send such a person with Banyana Banyana.

The result is that the team's progress reports have been difficult to come by, with team manager Fran Hilton-Smith trying her best.

According to Safa spokesman Morio Sanyane communication in that country is problematic. He said even with Bafana there were challenges in that area as well.

"Besides, we have had our plate full with organising other tournaments. We always rely on our team managers to give us information when the teams travel," said Sanyane.

Asked if the association had sent Banyana Banyana to Equatorial Guinea expecting little from them, Sanyane said that was not the case.

"We always expect Banyana Banyana to win. They are the Cosafa champions, and they did it in front of the opposition's home crowd. We believe they will also face the hostile crowd on Saturday and win this tournament as well," Sanyane said.


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