Banyana trying to secure friendly against GhanaThomas Kwenaite
Banyana Banyana are trying to secure a friendly match against the Ghanaian Black Starlets, host of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations, before the start of the tournament in the West African country from November 17 to December 1.
Ghana were drawn with Cameroon, Algeria and Mali in Group A of the biennial tournament that will also serve as a qualifier for the FIFA Women World Cup tournament to be staged in France during June 2019.
South Africa has been paired with the defending champions Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya in Group B of the tournament and would be based in the Gold Coast.
Zambia has already secured a friendly match against the Ghanaians that is penciled in for November 3 at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, according to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Director Desmond Katongo.
“This friendly forms part of a build-up to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations,” FAZ spokesperson Katongo. “We wish to inform the public that “Shepolopolo” would face the Black Queens of Ghana on November at Nkoloma stadium on November 3.
Meanwhile the SA Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan has also hinted that due to the fact that the Ghanaians have been drawn in a different group to Banyana Banyana, they (SAFA) would try to secure a friendly match against them.
Banyana Banyana have already played and defeated Cameroon during the COSAFA Women Championship staged in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan a month ago and would know what to expect from the Central African ladies.
Ghana has been in camp for the last 12 weeks, playing a series of friendly matches against local women sides in preparation for the tournament and they are considered dark horses for this tournament.