SA girls gear up for Cameroon clash

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The side which will be camped together with their Under-20 counterparts, Basetsana, at the Eastgate Garden Court Hotel, will leave for Cameroon on May 1.

The Under-17’s play their first leg on May 3 and will return the following day.

“We are heading for war,” says Makalakalane. “This will be an all-out attacking game where we must win to consolidate ourselves for the last leg when we host them at the Caledonian Stadium in Tshwane.

“If we beat Cameroon, we will become the first ever SA national junior side to qualify for a Fifa World Cup. We know that our hosts will not make it easy for us, but our players will have to fight all the way if South Africa want to qualify for the World Cup in New Zealand, which will be played from November 1-16.

“Our strength is that the Under-17 players are continuously-based at the High Performance Centre in Tshwane, so they won’t be meeting for the first time. They live, eat and train together. They are sisters off the field and teammates on it,” says a confident Makalakalane.

The provisional squad is:Goalkeepers: Nonhle Nene (Sunflower FC, HPC), Yulula Tsawe (Coastal United EC)

Defenders: Simone Martins (Cape Town Roses), Shadi Matenche (Home Sweepers (HPC), Busisiwe Mndimeni (Tuks FC, HPC), Valencia Moeng (Galeshewe Ladies FC, Boniswa Mnguni(Springs Home Sweepers FC, HPC), Lebohang Phume(Springs Home Sweepers FC), Nokhukanya Zide (Swallows FC, HPC), Thembeka Magxidolo(Univ of WC)

Midfielder: Dineo Mutle (Soweto Ladies, HPC), Rachel Sebati (Dikgodong Limpopo, HPC), Lerato Kgasago (Fabulous Ladies FC, HPC), Vanessa Hattingh(Luso FC) Chwayita Quwe, (Winnies CT HPC)

Strikers: Nomtandazo Nhlapo (Liverpool FC)Karabelo Mokoena, (Bopelong Ladies FC), Yola Jafta (Eastern Rangers, HPC)

Team manager: Fran Hilton Smith.