29 December 2017 – The South African U20 Women’s National Team (Basetsana) suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Ghana in a practice match played on Friday, 29 December 2017 at the Cape Coast Sports Complex, south of Ghana.

The home side, who have been in camp for two weeks, led 2-0 at the break.

Both nations were using the match to prepare for upcoming third and final round of the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers – Ghana will face Cameroon while South Africa take on Nigeria. Both games are scheduled for weekend of 12 – 14 January and only two nations will qualify to represent the African continent in France.

Despite the scoreline, Basetsana head coach Maud Khumalo is not losing sleep.

“We have achieved our objective because it was not about the results. I brought this squad to Ghana to see our shortcomings as we will be facing Nigeria, so for me it was a worthwhile exercise. I wanted to see the mental strength of the players, how they deal with physical opposition. I noticed that we have all of that but we tend to drop as the game progresses. When you are facing tough opposition, mental strength becomes key same as physique,” said Khumalo.

Travelling with 18 players for the clash will Ghana, the former Banyana Banyana player gave all the players a run.

“I wanted to see if the other players can do the business, and replace them if a need arises. I realised that if I use the core team I would not see those shortcomings because what happens if the regular players are not available, who will replace them? So this exercise was a very good one. I am very happy with what I have seen and when I sit down to make plans for the Nigeria game it will be an informed decision,” added Khumalo.

Basetsana will arrive home on Sunday morning (31 December 2017), and after a short recess will be back in camp early in the new year to continue with preparations for the Nigeria fixture.

The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be the 9th edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The tournament will be held in France from 5 to 24 August 2018.

This is how they lined up:

Ghana:

Martha Koffie Annan (GK), Justice Tweneboaa, Gladys Amfobea, Philicity Asuako, Blessing Shine Agbomadzi, Ernestina Abambila, Grace Asantewaa, Grace Acheampong, Helena Obeng, Princella Adubea (c), Olivia Anokye

Subs:

Esther Agyeman (GK), Rafia Al-hassan Kulchirie, Vivian Konadu Adjei, Florence Fosuaa Annor, Ruth Anima, Ernestina Ayisi

South Africa:

Jessica Williams (GK) (Mapaseka Mpuru), Siyamthanda Mbatha (Antonia Maponya), Bongeka Gamede (c), Tyla-Bree Joss (Morongwa Manamela), Noxolo Cesane, Snegugu Zondi, Madembe Tshikumbu (Ntombifikile Ndlovu), Gabriela Salgado (Refilwe Maseko), Sinoxolo Cesane (Linda Motlhalo), Lelona Daweti, Zimasa Dekeda (Khanya Nxesi)

Subs:

Mapaseka Mpuru (GK), Linda Motlhalo, Antonia Maponya, Ntombifikile Ndlovu, Morongwa Manamela, Refilwe Maseko, Khanya Nxesi

Head Coach: Maud Khumalo

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