Cape Town - Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw said that the Olympic qualifier match against Kenya was tough but they had a plan in place and stuck to it.
Pauw told the SAFA website that the team management helped the team have a peace of mind before they arrived, and that played a huge role in their victory against Kenya.
“It was a tough one, but it shows again that you can plan for success. We put our plan in place and stuck to it,” said Pauw.
“We sent our team manager before the team arrived so we can have peace of mind as he would sort everything out beforehand, and that played a crucial role in our victory.”
“We need to learn from this that if off the field things are done well then we can just focus on on-the-field activity.”
“We have always been thinking that Nigeria would be our final opponents but at the back of our minds we also knew there was a chance we could play Equatorial Guinea.”
“The latter have a lot of Brazilian players with just one or two from Equatorial Guinea and we expect to get the footage of Guinea vs Nigeria match so we can see their quality.”
“But the truth is Equatorial Guinea will not be weaker than Nigeria. The fact that they won against Nigeria means it will be a tough encounter, but we will go for it.”
“We have the African Games to help us prepare for that qualifier by keeping us sharp.”
Banyana Banyana managed to settle a 1-0 victory against Kenya in the second-leg third round clash and have gone through to the next leg on a 2-0 aggregate, where they will face Equatorial Guinea in the final round of the Olympic qualifiers.