The camp of South Africa's Banyana Banyana at the North West University’s Institute for Sport in Potchefstroom is buzzing with expectation as the team prepares to engage Ethiopia in the final phase of the 2012 Olympic games women's soccer qualifier.Coming from a stunning defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe at final of the 2011 COSAFA women's Cup, South Africa are poised to give the Ethiopians a game of their lives.
It could be recalled that the Ethiopians pulled a shocker against Ghana when they beat the Ghanaians by a lone goal in Addis Ababa and later ended the Olympic dream of the Ghanaians by kicking them out on away goals aggregate.
Though on the quiet,Ethiopia has stepped up their preparations as the team hopes to rely on hard work,the hunger to eclipse their men's national team and their giant killing feat against Ghana to see off the South Africans.
With the Maputo All Africa games just around the corner,the Banyana Banyana are poised to leave no stone unturned as they aim at winning the ultimate prize at the All Africa games and also qualifying for the Olympics for the first time in the country's women's soccer history.
In view of the task ahead,the Banyana will take on the All Africa games hosts,Mozambique, led by Maria Mutola at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on the 20th of August,2011 in an international friendly,as a warm up towards the Olympic qualifier game against the highly confident Ethiopians.
Meanwhile Nigeria awaits the response of the South African FA about a proposed international friendly one of which will be full of thrills should South Africa take up the challenge. Ghana on the other hand will embark on a South African training tour ahead of the 2011 All African Games to be held in Maputo,Mozambique.