NATIONAL women’s football team coach, Monaheng Montšo, has said the first leg of the Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifier scheduled for Setsoto Stadium on Wednesday is the best time to break the jinx against Banyana Banyana.
The two sides clash at 1500hours on Wednesday while the return fixture is scheduled for Dr Petrus Rantlai Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein four days later.
Mehalalitoe as the national side is affectionately known, advanced to this phase after walloping Eswatini 3-1 on aggregate in the preliminary qualifiers.
The winner of this tie will book a spot in the tournament scheduled for Ghana later this year.
Montšo told the Sunday Express on Friday that his charges have been hard at work and they all understand the importance of a win on Wednesday.
“We have all been working hard and everyone understands what is at stake here so they are all focused,” Montšo said.
“Banyana Banyana are a good side but we do not have to be afraid of them. We are also working on the team’s mental fitness because we need them to focus and ensure they get rid of their fear.
“They beat us 3-0 recently in the COSAFA tournament so we know what they are capable of and we cannot take any chances,” he said.
Montšo however, bemoaned the lack of cooperation by some of the companies that his players work for as he had to leave out two players out of the team due to work commitments.
“I had to leave out Machele Matlamele (defender) and Mosilinyane Lefaphane (reserve goalkeeper) due to their work commitments. It is frustrating when you are trying to build a team on one hand and you have to focus on making sure they are in camp both physically and mentally.
“I also had to convert some players to different positions because there was no time to call inexperienced players into the team. So, we have called in Makobo Kepa and Boitumelo Nkeane to replace Matlamele and Lefaphane,” Montšo said.