Banyana Banyana arrive in Chicago for clash with USA Women's team

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Our national team departed from OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening and only reached their hotel late on Wednesday.

Head coach of Banyana Banyana Vera Pauw admitted that the length of the trip was rather taxing on the players.

β€œIt has been a tough trip, it was very long and took us about 32 hours to reach our destination – which is much longer than we had anticipated," she said.

"To adapt to that we had to make some changes to our programme. Instead of what we usually do – that is staying up as long as possible to get over jetlag – we did things differently.

"We let the players sleep early enough to get some rest so that come Saturday we're still in the balance. After a long travel like that we had to do some loosening up, which we did at a nearby park from our hotel.

"This is almost the same thing the team will experience when we travel to Brazil for the Olympics, but it will be a shorter flight as it is in the Southern Hemisphere."

Saturday's match against the USA will serve as preparation for the Rio Olympics and is a first ever meeting between the two nations.