Sasol Banyana Banyana takes on Burkina Faso in WAFCON qualifiers

The upcoming match between Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana and Burkina Faso is a pivotal moment in the Women African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) tournament qualifiers. The away leg at the Stade Charles Konan Banny in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, is a significant step for the defending champions as they aim to secure a spot in the WAFCON scheduled for mid-2024 in Morocco.

Coach Desiree Ellis and her team have shown dedication and determination by adhering to scheduled training even in challenging conditions, demonstrating their commitment to achieving success in this crucial fixture. The fact that they are continuing to “live the impossible” underscores the team’s resilience and focus.

Andile Dlamini, the second vice-captain of Banyana Banyana, draws inspiration from her recent experience playing in Côte d’Ivoire with her local team. Her emphasis on securing maximum points during this leg reflects the team’s strategic approach to the match. Noko Matlou, expressing gratitude for being part of the team after missing previous matches, conveys the readiness of the team to implement the coaches’ advice, despite limited information about Burkina Faso.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 16:00 Côte d’Ivoire time (18:00 South Africa time. The return match at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Monday, 4 November, at 15:00, provides Banyana Banyana with a chance to showcase their skills on home turf.

Coach Desiree’s satisfaction with the players’ clean bill of health and the good condition of the training and matchday pitches adds to the positive outlook for the team. The journey towards the WAFCON tournament is undeniably challenging, but the nation eagerly awaits the outcome of these crucial matches, supporting Banyana Banyana every step of the way.