Basetsana get ready for rare Germany tour


It is the first ever tour that is being made by any South African women's national team as yet another series of qualifiers looms on the horizon in the New Year.

Swinging the pendulum to the favour of Basetsana is that they will have the expertise of Tina Theune-Meyer - the former German World Cup winning coach - working with the team.

Head coach of women's football Augustine Makalakalane along Basetsana coach Anna Monate will lead the technical department during the tour of the European country where they will play two friendly games.

First Basetsana will engage their Germany counterparts on November 21 before taking on the Netherlands four days later at their base in Hanover.

"We are leaving on Sunday for the tour which is the first ever for the women's national teams. This tour signals the good things for upcoming games because we will have gotten the best preparations. We will be based at the big soccer school in Hanover where it will really be a learning curve for the team and a huge motivational factor.

"Having Tina around will also be very much helpful for us because she has been around in international football and understands it all. She is the one who was helpful in facilitating the tour after we met at the recent World Cup in China," says Fran Hilton-Smith - the team manager and long serving administrator.

The more prominent players travelling to Germany who have already played for the senior team are Memory Makhanya and Kylie-Ann Louw who are expected to play a crucial role.

Basetsana's preparations in Germany are for the qualifier against Mozambique that will be played in January ahead of the marathon for the finals in Chile later next year.

Bafana Bafana also recently held a tour in Germany before going on to play Italy.