Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
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18 May 2016
11:18 am

Banyana will be ready for Olympics – Jordaan

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

South African Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan believes international friendlies with European countries will get Banyana Banyana ready to compete at the Rio Olympics in August.

Danny Jordaan. Photo: Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images

“What we have to do now is to take the team to Europe and of course we will have to take a look at other continents, we have to look at North America and Oceania, we want a complete programme. By the time the team gets to Rio for the Olympics, this team will be a competitive team,” Jordaan told SuperSport.

The South African senior women’s team are set to play two international friendlies with Netherlands next month as part of their preparations for the competition. The first game will be played on Saturday, 4 June at Mandemakers Stadium, RKC Waalwijk, Waalwijk in The Netherlands, while the second match is scheduled for Tuesday, 7 June at the same venue.

“What is important is not just to get them to play, but to get the quality and a kind of opposition that will prepare them. So we have to take the necessary steps to not just get a team, but to get the quality, the Netherlands will be a huge challenge for them.”

“We are the only country in the continent that will have two teams, both our men and women team in the Olympics and we are very proud of that achievement it is historic for South African football. Therefore we have to put all our efforts and resources behind both teams to go and make us proud,” Jordaan added.

It is believed two or more friendly matches are lined up for Vera Pauw’s team, but the South African football body is yet to announce which other nations Banyana will face before heading to Brazil.