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Banyana clears a hurdle to qualify for WACON

Only one match separates Banyana Banyana from qualifying for the Caf Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WACON) for the 13e time, with Algeria heading for their second leg meeting in the final round of the qualifiers to be played in Algiers on Wednesday.

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However, Banyana has already paved the way for qualification for the continental tournament after beating the Algerians 2-0 in the first leg at Orlando Stadium last Friday.

Banyana, who finished second in the last edition of the AWCON, has competed in the tournament 12 times before, while the Algerians have only played five times, and certainly has more experience than their opponents. Head coach Desiree Ellis says the most important thing in the return leg is to make sure she doesn’t give in and wants her troops to take advantage of their scoring opportunities.

“We have to make sure we are organized and compact in the first 20 minutes, that will be crucial. 2-0 is a very dangerous score, the next goal is going to be a big one and we have to make sure our goal is to take a little pressure off and I was encouraged by what I saw in training,” said the trainer.

“Look, a lot of our players have been in this position before, as I said before, a lot of them want to make their mark on tournaments and also the news players want to make a mark. So they know the scope of the game. not over we have had a lot of chances to seal it in South Africa we have to make sure that when we get those chances we are more clinical for goals but we also have to trust that we don’t give in because that’s the first key. The player mentality is at a different level at the moment, we have traveled here for a day and a half since Friday’s game.”

The tournament will take place in Morocco in July, where the South Africans look to claim their first continental silverware.

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