SA juniors ready for Nigerian ‘bullies’
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE South African Under-17 women’s national team has arrived in Abuja for the third round of the 2016 Jordan FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
The clash between the two rivals kicks off at 16h00 local time (17h00 SA time) on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium.
Stand-in coach, Maude Khumalo, is aware of the threat that the West Africans pose, but insisted they would not be bullied out of an
opportunity to qualify for Jordan.
“We will not be a walk over for the Nigerians,” said Khumalo.
“We intend on fighting for this qualifier. South Africa missed out on the last world cup and would want to change that. The girls are very hungry, very determined and motivated by the prospects of their future. A win is very important so we that we return home with less pressure and hopefully finish off the job in Johannesburg.”
They will host Nigeria in the return leg on March 26 at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, Johannesburg.
The away leg in Abuja will be South Africa’s first official match in the World Cup qualifiers after their opposition in the previous round, Zambia, withdrew from the competition.
On the other hand, Nigeria booked their spot in the third round after beating Namibia 9-0 on aggregate in a match played in January.
– CAJ News
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