Bantwana draw bead on Tunisia

BANTWANA, the national Under-17 squad, are only 180 minutes away from making history by becoming the first South African women's soccer team to qualify for a global soccer tournament.

BANTWANA, the national Under-17 squad, are only 180 minutes away from making history by becoming the first South African women's soccer team to qualify for a global soccer tournament.

The team welcome Tunisia in the first leg of the 2011 Fifa World Cup qualifiers at the upgraded Katlehong Stadium tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 3pm.

Greg Mashilo, newly appointed Bantwana coach, said they wanted to win the match convincingly to make things easier in the second leg in Tunisia in two weeks' time.

"We have been working hard at training and are ready to make the country proud," he said yesterday.

Anna Monate is Bantwana's assistant coach.

The overall winners will join Nigeria and Ghana as the third African country in the World Cup finals in Trinidad and Tobago from September 5 to 25.

Tomorrow at noon Banyana Banyana have a date with neighbours Namibia in an international friendly at the same venue.

The game was organised by Safa and sponsors Sasol to assist Banyana Banyana in their preparations for the 2010 African Women's Championships in Johannesburg in October.

Safa women's soccer committee convenor Nomsa Mahlangu said: "We will be in Katlehong to support Bantwana and Banyana Banyana."

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