PLAYING against women soccer powerhouses such as Brazil and Germany will be a great motivational factor for South Africa at the World Student Games in Serbia from June 30 to July 12.
University Sport South Africa president Sanele Madlala said the tournament would benefit the country with players getting international exposure.
Also in the same group with South Africa, who are guided by former Banyana Banyana assistant coach Joseph Mkhonza, are Libya and South Korea.
"With Banyana Banyana starting their preparations for the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, the World Student Games will also help South Africa a great deal," said Madlala.
"South African soccer teams must start playing against the best teams in the world, that will help us assess the areas where we have to improve on.
"It does not help to play and win by an avalanche of goals against neighbouring countries, thinking we have arrived on the big stage in the world."
The team boasts two Banyana Banyana key players in Lebogang Thobejane and Simphiwe Dludlu, whose international experience will come in handy for Mkhonza.
Madlala, who is also the head of delegation for the team, said the soccer, volleyball and basketball squads will leave for Serbia on June 24.
Ussa soccer chairperson Jerry Laka said: "Our team has been preparing for the tournament in Serbia and we hope that they will make us proud."
Limpopo medico Malumbete Ralethe, who is the Federation of International University Sports executive member, will leave with the Ussa delegation on June 24.
Ussa and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee will hold a sending off function for the team in Johannesburg on June 24.