Bantwana impress against Valencia
Bantwana are hoping to play more friendly matches before jetting off to Uruguay for the U-17 Women's World Cup, which takes place between 13 November and 1 December.
28 September 2018 | Sports
South Africa’s under-17 girls drew 1-1 with the Valencia CF u-20 team in their second friendly match of their Spanish tour on Wednesday.
Bantwana coach Simphiwe Dludlu said she was pleased with her team's performances, adding they held their own against an experienced side that has been playing together for the past five years.
Bantwana's solitary goal came in the first period of the match through Western Cape-based right winger, Ember Edwards.
"I am very proud of the girls. They played according to our instructions and gave it their all in the game. I would like to thank Safa and La Liga for making this Spain tour possible for us. It gave us an opportunity to look at new combinations, with the players we brought into the squad.
"This tour also gave us an opportunity to learn to deal with the pressure of having to rest a team, while also having to prepare for the next game in a short space of time as well," Dludlu said.
She added that she would like to play five extra friendly matches before her side jets off to Uruguay for the upcoming U-17 Women's World Cup, which will take place between 13 November and 1 December.
The Bantwana coach believes that having these desired matches against other national sides will play a key role in preparing her charges for the battle that lies ahead.
Bantwana are in Group B, and will lock horns with Mexico, Japan and Brazil in pursuit of reaching the knockout stages of the global event.