Banyana has what needs to be done in Awcon well

Banyana Banyana before going to the Women's Afcon tournament. Photo: @Banyana_Banyana on twitter
Banyan Banyan member in 2014 Amanda Dlamini, a member of the Women's Cup (Awcon) in 2014, threatens the lack of international exposure as a reason for disappointment in the last two continental exhibitions.

However, she is convinced that the current generation has to compete with ethos, especially with Nigeria.

With 2018 Awcon scheduled for launch in Ghana today, Banyana opens its account tomorrow against Super Falcons at the Cape Coasts Sports Stadium. Two African giants met in the last two Awcon semifinals in 2014 and 2016 and the Nigerians were both winners on both occasions.

"In our group, we thought we had a chance. It was good because we tried to avoid each other (as favorites)," said Dlamini when they managed in the last four of the second group B.

At that time Banyana played only foreign goalkeeper Roxanne Barker, while others played in the local Sasol League.

On the other hand, Super Falcons had a lot of European and American players due to their dominance, Awcon.

From this range, Dlamini believes that they have been overcome by their international experience.

"We thought they would deal with the game," said the player who turned.

"We also made chances, but at the end of the match they only had one chance and counted on them. They had more overseas players while we were mostly local, so it was a matter of experience."

Banyana failed to qualify for the World Cup in Canada in 2015 when they lost to Côte d'Ivoire in the third / fourth playoff.

Within two years of disappointment in Nambia, Banyan failed to finish the top three in Cameroon. They suffered the same hood of Nigeria over a 1-0 loss in the semi-finals, as it was followed by a similar defeat against Ghana in the top-three battle.

Bambanani Mbane, who advocated Banyan in 2016, shared Dlaminin's sentiments.

"We did not have a heavy group," she said. "I just think we were not ready, psychologically and physically, our opponents were physically strong, we tried to get out of the group because we finished in the semifinals, and I do not think we're wrong because Nigeria just scored in the second half."

To ensure that they compete in this year's Awcon, Banyana has at least four players abroad Linda Mothlalo, Thembi Kgatlana (USA Houston Dash), Refiloe Jane (Canberra United, Australia) and Leandra Smeda (Gintra Universitetas, Lithuania) while Captain Janine Van Wyk has recently returned from Dash.

Though Banyan will raise it when top ten thousand African champions of the world come to terms, Dlamini calls for teamwork.

"Trainers should be realistic and everyone should be on the same page," Dlamini said.

"I have no doubt that they will get to the semifinals because we have the same experience, but they should not try too high. I hope everyone can get it."

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