Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo (Gallo Images)

African Banyan champions to play historic bout against Australia in London

Tembi Kgatlana and Linda Mottlehalo (Gallo Images)

banyan banyan2022 Africa Cup of Nations Women’s Champion, will travel to the United Kingdom next month to face Australia in a friendly international.

The match will be played in London on Saturday, October 8 at 13:30 (South Australia time) and the venue will be confirmed in due course.

It will be a historic meeting between the teams as the Australian women’s team will play an African country for the first time outside of the Women’s World Cup or the Olympics.

The match will help Banyana prepare for next year’s World Cup and also give them the opportunity to test their mettle against Matilda, who will host the global event along with neighboring New Zealand.

This encounter came shortly after Banyana hosted the eight-time Women’s America’s Cup winners from Brazil in two friendly international matches in Johannesburg and Durban.

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis said she enjoys playing against another top team.

“This is very exciting news and another opportunity to play against the strongest nation,” Ellis told SAFA. Web site.

“Australia is the co-host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup along with New Zealand.

“It happened shortly after the Brazil game and it gives us the opportunity to correct our mistakes and test and challenge us.

“This is another opportunity to improve the game and raise the hands of the players.

“We are very excited. We say thank you to SAFA and SASOL. They said that they would find us, rivals, to prepare for the World Cup, and what is the beginning of our preparation.

“We are really looking forward to this fantastic game.”

Matilda head coach Toni Gustavsson added: “Playing with a national team from each FIFA confederation will give the coaching staff and players a lot of invaluable information in the final stage of preparation.

“South Africa is the reigning African champions and a fast growing team in women’s football. On their way to their first Africa Cup of Nations title, they have shown great qualities as a team and as individuals who should provide an interesting and challenging game. collide.”

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