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FOOTBALL took Dineo Mmutle to the United States as a 16-year-old.
Two years later, she will get to showcase what she has learnt at Culver University, Indiana - her home away from home - when she joins the SA Under-20 team.
Augustine Makalakalane's Basetsana tackle the enigmatic Zambians on January 9, after sweeping past Reunion in the first round of their World Cup qualifying matches.
South Africa won that two-legged encounter 6-3 on aggregate to set up this clash.
"We will have to hear what Mmutle's team says, but we are looking forward to her showing us what she's been up to over the last couple of years, having left here as an experienced Under-17 player," Makalakalane said.
"Hopefully she will lend us extra punch."
The Zambia match is a must-win encounter for Basetsana.
They will do their chances of qualifying for the football spectacle a world of good if they win the home leg and win it well.
"It will be very difficult playing the first leg at home," Makalakalane said.
"The away goal is very crucial, so the girls will have to do everything they can not to concede any goals."
That means a much tighter defensive effort - tighter than against Reunion in the second leg when they conceded three goals at home, having kept a clean sheet in the away leg a fortnight earlier when they won 2-0.
"It's hard to explain how these things happen sometimes. They are learning, though, and hiccups are expected along the way," Makalakalane said.