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Banyana striker Seoposenwe calls for team to keep going

Jermaine Seoposenwe of South Africa takes on Refilwe Tholekele of Botswana during their 2018 Cosafa Womens Championship game on Friday. Picture: BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe acknowledges that they cannot afford to sit back and relax in their final Cosafa Women’s Championship group stage match against Malawi if they are to make the semi-finals and keep their title defence chances alive.

Banyana, who are top of Group A on six points, will take on third-placed Malawi this afternoon (3.30pm kickoff) at Wolfson Stadium.

“We cannot afford to relax at all,” Seoposenwe said.

“If we want to continue with the momentum that we built from the first game (against Madagascar), being relaxed is not going to help us at all.

“We need to keep going and get back to how we played in the first 15 minutes (where they were 2-0 up) of how we played in that fixture. We played quicker, got a lot of crosses and through balls in the box – there was just a lot of purpose to those 15 minutes.

“We need to replicate that against Malawi.”

Banyana are one point away from booking themselves a spot in the last four, but defeat this afternoon could result in them being dependent on goal difference and see them progress as group leaders or best runners-up.

Seoposenwe says that in order for them to avoid such impediments they have to ensure that they are in the driving seat from the start.

“If we stick as a team, and continue with the way that we’ve been playing, I think we can create chances and score goals,” she insisted.

“However, it’s important for us to score early because we can’t afford to miss the chances that we create. Opposing teams are going to count on getting a goal first, and park the bus. In this tournament, because we are the champions, teams are going to come out against us with guns blazing.”