China coach hopes his players have brought their scoring boots for Banyana clash

Banyana Banyana go through their paces during a training session in Le Havre, Paris, in France.
Banyana Banyana go through their paces during a training session in Le Havre, Paris, in France.
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China coach Jia Xiuquan hopes his players have brought their scoring boots for Thursday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Group B clash against Banyana Banyana after the misfiring strikers wasted a number of opportunities against Germany in their opener.

Both Banyana and the Chinese are desperate for points in Paris‚ with the Asian side creating more than enough chances in their 1-0 loss to powerhouse Germany‚ but unable to convert in what will be a stark warning to Desiree Ellis and her side.

"My players created some chances against Germany‚ showing that we've made certain progress through the preparations for this World Cup‚" Jia said.

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"But we eventually failed to turn any of the opportunities into scoring‚ again confirming that Germany are a better team than us.

"Rather than a positive result from tomorrow's game against South Africa‚ I'm more looking forward to some better performance from my players.

"I believe that a victory comes when you are strong enough‚ and I believe in my players who were good enough to come here.”

Like Spain were in Banyana’s opener‚ Jia is worried about the pace of South Africa’s forwards on the counter-attack and so will likely not be too gung-ho in going forward.

Midfielder Gu Yasha netted against Banyana at the Olympic Games in 2016 in a 2-0 win for her side‚ and believes it will be a “fascinating” game at the Parc des Princes.

“I can tell that tomorrow's game against South Africa will be a fascinating play‚ no matter who come out the winners. We're ready for a tough game‚" she said.

She certainly knows a thing or two about Banyana’s threat as she is a teammate of Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo at their Beijing club in the Chinese league.

Aside from their 2-0 win at the Olympics three years ago‚ China also inflicted a heaviest ever defeat on Banyana when they won 13-0 in 2003.

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