South African U17 Women's National team (Bantwana) head coach Sheryl Botes has warned the players against complacency if they are to book their seats to the Fifa U17 Women's World Cup final in Costa Rica next year.
The South Africans play host to Zambia in a crucial qualifier on Sunday at the BidVest Stadium, kick-off at 15h00.
The Bantwana squad knows what to expect following their 3-3 draw against Zambia in the first leg clash played two weeks ago and they remain confident ahead of the do-or-die clash.
The coach was impressed with the overall performance of her team in their practice match against the Diambars U16 boys.
"We have one more training session and with each day we have realised the importance of the upcoming qualifier. With the practice match they played I could see that they applied the techniques we covered during our training sessions and we will need to carry that into the match on Sunday.
"Now that all the players are done with exams, we have a full complement of players in camp and are fully focused on the mission ahead. Like I've said before, we can't bank on the results of the previous match, we need to score goals as early as the opening minutes of the game to unsettle the Zambians and have a better command of the game. We also hope for a huge attendance to boost the girls’ confidence as we look to qualify for the World Cup,” said the Bantwana mentor.
Bantwana will have their final training session at the match venue on Saturday (23 November) afternoon.