S Africa fly COSAFA flag in women’s Olympic qualifying

COSAFA side South Africa left for Kenya on Thursday to take on the host nation in a crucial second leg of their third round qualifier on the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The match will take place on Sunday at the Machakos Stadium, about 63 kilometres outside the capital Nairobi, with the COSAFA side holding a narrow 1-0 lead from the home leg.

“Preparations are going very well and the coach is emphasising on team organisation and just to work for one another because it’s going to be tough, but we are getting great conditioning to prepare well for the battle ahead,” said Banyana Banyana midfielder Amanda Dlamini.

“We are expecting an open match and they will want to prove a point. Also, playing in their backyard they will want to come with guns blazing so they can reverse the result and proceed to the next stage.

“But we know the importance of the match, we need to win at all costs. Mentally we are ready, we just need to sharpen our physical conditioning so we can finish them off.”

South Africa are the last remaining COSAFA side in qualifying after Zimbabwe did not honour the first leg of their tie with Ivory Coast.