What Next? Banyana Dust Themselves Off…
They played their first World Cup game, got their first World Cup goal, and now Banyana Banyana are focused on bouncing back from defeat when they go up against China.
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Desiree Ellis’ side were leading for a large portion of their game against Spain on Saturday thanks to a bit of magic from Thembi Kgatlana, however two second half penalties and a red card saw the Spaniards turn things around to finish the game as 3-1 winners.
Banyana’s captain, Janine Van Wyk, admits that South African heads have dropped after losing in Le Havre, but insists that it’s natural after a defeat in that manner, adding that they will be ready to face China next week when they go into battle once more – this time in Paris.
Speaking directly after the game, Van Wyk said, “There’s a lot of heads that were down after the game, and that’s natural - you don’t want to lose the game, especially when you’ve had it really in yours hands in the first half…
“But things change in the game, we knew Spain were going to come out in the second half blazing at us and we tried to cope with the pressure, but we couldn’t ago forward anymore in the second half and then a penalty, and another penalty.
“Obviously with a man down it was difficult to come back from that. Things changed for us - but there are positives that came from this that we need to be happy about. We worked hard, we got our first goal, and that’s positive… We shouldn’t look too much on the negative things, but we need to work on our mistakes and try fix it.”
Banyana face China at 21h00 on Thursday night at Parc des Princes in the French capital.
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