Banyana Banyana head coach is on her way to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games draw which takes place on Thursday, 14 April 2016.

Banyana Banyana head coach is on her way to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games draw which takes place on Thursday, 14 April 2016.

The draw has been brought forward by half an hour to 10h00 local time in Rio (15h00 SA Time).

But before she left, Pauw ensured that Banyana Banyana qualify for the second major tournament in one year – the 2016 Cameroon Women Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for November/December this year.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have already clinched their place in Rio.

“I am excited for the players, the technical team, the support staff and everyone who played a role to ensure that we get it right and qualify for Women’s AFCON in Cameroon. Botswana gave us a scare in the first match and that gave us a wake-up call. We were then able to rectify our mistakes and they stood no chance in our backyard. This match came in the middle of preparations for the Olympics and we had to fit it in, now we can fully focus on our preparations for the Olympic Games,” said Pauw.

“As I have been saying they will now take a slightly different training routine because you don’t want the team to peak at the wrong time, so we gradually have to work our way up. And after the draw we will be able to confirm some practice matches as those will be equally important for our preparations.”

Banyana Banyana defeated Botswana 3-0 on Tuesday night (12 April) with goals from Sanah Mollo, Mamello Makhabane and Nompulelelo Nyandeni for a 5-0 aggregate score following the 2-0 victory in the first leg.

This is the 10th time in a row that South Africa is represented at the continental championship, and the second time in a row that the ladies qualify for the Olympic Games.

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said the critical thing now was for the team to compete with the best in the forthcoming tournaments.

“You have proven tonight that you can play the best football on your day. You have always given your best and you also showed that if you believe in your abilities you can make it. The fact that you have qualified for two major tournaments in one year makes it all sweeter. It is also an incredible feat that you have never missed out on the women’s AFCON since you first played in 1995. That is a wonderful record,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan who was at Makhulong Stadium.

“You have made us all proud, you have put a smile on all our faces and for that we are extremely proud of you.”

History of SA’s participation in the Women Africa Cup of Nations

1995 – 2nd place

1998 – group stages

2000 – 2nd place

2004 – group stages

2006 – 3rd place

2008 – 2nd place

2010 – 3rd place

2012 – 2nd place

2014 – 4th place

2016 –

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