Register Login Scores

SL Radio

Booysen Buoyant About Future Of South Sudan

What does former Banyana Banyana employee Shilene Booysen say about her new venture with the South Sudanese Women's team? Find out by clicking on the podcast player below!

South African coach Shilene Booysen has embarked in a unique adventure in South Sudan, hoping to develop the women’s national team into a competitive unit in the coming years, having started essentially from scratch. South Sudan only played their first international fixture in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic has, to a certain extent, curtailed their international opportunities since then. But Booysen, who forged an excellent reputation as an analyst with Banyana Banyana and Houston Dash in the United States, sees it as a calling and says that while the road ahead may be bumpy, it is exciting times for the country.

“There is huge potential in South Sudan, I am convinced of that,” she told The COSAFA Show. “There is the talent, but it is about putting in place the right structures for the national team to grow.

“That will take time, we are under no illusions of that, but we have seen progress already in just a few months and it is exciting for the future.”

The team is competing at the 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay and lost their opener 7-0 to Botswana. But Booysen says it is not so much about results at this stage of their development, but more gaining experience for a team that have played just a handful of internationals.

“We do not look so much at the results right now, but I was very happy with the fight from my team against Botswana (after being 6-0 down at half-time). “It is about the players working to the plan and showing that they can implement the things we want them too. This will not happen overnight, but in the years ahead.”

You can hear the full interview on this episode of The COSAFA Show, where Booysen also discusses her time with Banyana Banyana, Houston Dash, and her unorthodox entry into coaching.

To listen to the full show, click on the podcast player above or find it on your favourite podcast player.

Note: The player defaults to low for the smallest possible download size. You can adjust it to various qualities, which will change the file size. You can listen to it now, or download the show and listen to it whenever you want.

Teko: I’ve Never Told Anyone This…


Top 5

Comitis: I Don't See Chiefs Getting Special Treatment

108 Dec 03, 2021 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

55 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Bucs Qualify For CCC Without Kicking A Ball

32 Dec 03, 2021 08:13 AM in Orlando Pirates

Finally! FIFA Respond To SAFA Complaint

125 Dec 03, 2021 04:29 PM in Bafana

Best Friends! Hotto & His Wife’s Cutest Looks Together

4 Nov 29, 2021 02:58 PM in The Best Of The Rest

Ghana Move On From Penalty Drama?

21 Dec 01, 2021 01:29 PM in African Football

Maluleka & 4 Others Struggling For Action At Sundowns

55 Nov 30, 2021 05:01 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

31 Covid Cases, Chiefs Want 4 Games Postponed!  

123 Dec 03, 2021 06:31 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Pirates Promise Four January ‘Signings’

19 Dec 03, 2021 03:02 PM in Orlando Pirates

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Precedent Set, Chiefs To Be Denied?

64 Dec 03, 2021 02:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs