Basetsana need to score more: coach

THOUGH South Africa's Under-20 women's team returned from Reunion with a win coach Augustine Makalakalane was dissatisfied with the girls' scoring rate.

THOUGH South Africa's Under-20 women's team returned from Reunion with a win coach Augustine Makalakalane was dissatisfied with the girls' scoring rate.

Makalakalane felt they should have scored more than the two goals they managed against their French-speaking opponents in the first leg of their World Cup qualifier a fortnight ago.

The scorers were Chantel Esau and Kate Nhlapho, who will again be available to find the net on Saturday.

Esau and Busisiwe Ndimeni are among the seasoned campaigners in the squad as they also play for the senior national squad, Banyana Banyana, and their experience should come in handy for the Under-20 side in their campaign.

As a result, the focus at training this week in preparation for the second leg at Tshwane's Caledonian Stadium on Saturday was on finishing, retaining the ball and

coping with pressure.

The girls had several matches against an Under-15 boys' team.

"We wanted to give them a chance to finish, but also there was a little bit of tiredness so we upped the tempo of the game to see if they can sustain the intensity over 90 minutes," said Makalakalane yesterday.

"The boys' instructions were to put them under a lot of pressure and it was interesting to see how the girls handle a team that dribbles and keeps possession, where they have to mobilise and work together and try to get the ball."

The World Cup will begin in Germany on July 13 next year, with the best young players in the women's game on show in Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden for three weeks.

The final of the showpiece will be played in Bielefeld on August 1.

If they qualify, Basetsana will join 15 other countries for the fifth time, for one of the main trophies in the women's game.

England, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, North Korea and South Korea have already qualified for the final competition.

Germany have qualified automatically by virtue of being hosts.

Reunion are jetting in today and kickoff is at 3.30pm on Saturday.

Basetsana look likely to finish off Reunion and then face Zambia next month.

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