Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
21 Jul 2016
2:26 pm

Pauw hoping for a tough clash against NZ

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw hopes New Zealand will put them under pressure as the USA did when the team’s meet in a friendly match to be played in Brazil next week Thursday.

Vera Pauw, former coach of South Africa. Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana team have been busy preparing for the Olympic Games set to be played in Rio next month, having played friendlies with Netherlands and the USA already.

The team is now on their final phase of the preparations on home-soil before heading to Brazil on Saturday.

“Every match we play we want to improve, and the New Zealand clash is not different. We want our play to be better than it is now. I wish New Zealand can put us under pressure the way the USA did, and I know they are capable of that because that is their playing style, that is why we wanted to play them, but USA is stronger in the attacking play. Hopefully we can improve on our attack too,” Pauw was quoted on Safa.net.

Having lost 1-0 to the USA, the Banyana mentor believes focus will be very important going to the tournament, as loss of concentration in a game can lead to a team being punished.

“What you could get away with in earlier games you won’t get away with now, so we have discussed these moments – for example, one step forward, or one step late, getting your eye off the ball for a moment means a chance against us. For us to be the best we have to play as a team and concentrate for 90 minutes and more,” added Pauw.

The venue of the match is yet to be confirmed.