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Sports News of Sunday, 19 June 2022


WAFCON 2023: Kgatlana vows to dethrone Falcons

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South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana is confident that Bayana Bayana will dethrone Nigeria at the forthcoming Women’s Africa Cup of Nations next month, Sunday PUNCH reports.

The 12th WAFCON will hold from July 2 to 23 in Morocco with 12 teams competing for the title.

From five meetings at the WAFCON tournament, the Falcons have won three encounters while the Bayana Bayana has been on the losing side twice.

Both teams will meet for the sixth time at the 2022 WAFCON championship in Morocco and Kgatlana believes the export of Bayana Bayana talents to Europe in recent years will bridge the gap in their encounter at the Prince Moulay Hassan Sports Complex in Rabat.

“I think for a number of years Banyana hadn’t exported a lot of players overseas and that has given Nigeria and other teams the upper hand because they were able to export players,” the Atletico Madrid forward told

“But then things are starting to look good and exciting for Banyana because we have a number of overseas-based players, that means they are training every day, physically and mentally, at a high level.

“I think for a number of years Banyana have struggled because they were not able to export players but things are looking positive now.”

Kgatlana further believes winning their opener will boost their chances of reaching the knockout stage.

“We don’t have to undermine anyone, it’s football and everyone is there to show what they can do and more specifically in our group having two debutants, for us it’s going to be a challenge to be disciplined and still be able to bring our A game even when we play teams that are lower ranked than us,” Kgatlana continued.

“I mean getting into the quarter or semi-finals for us is just taking one game at a time because we don’t want to say we’re gonna do this, do that and when things don’t happen we hold ourselves with a gun to the head.

“But taking one game at a time is what will help us, that is the same mentality we had in 2018 and the important thing was getting the results that we needed.”

All four semi-finalists at the tournament in Morocco will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand in 2023.