Call to support Banyana vs Ghana
19 March 2012
South Africans have been urged to support Banyana Banyana as they continue their Olympic preparations with an international friendly against highly rated Ghana at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on the country's Human Rights Day holiday on Wednesday.
Ghana will present South Africa's national women's football team with tough competition. They won the silver medal at the All-Africa Games in Mozambique in September last year, losing 1-0 to Cameroon in the final.
"Banyana Banyana will be ready for this match, especially with Ghana ranked number two in Africa," Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said in a statement last week.
A number of changes have been made to the Banyana Banyana squad for the clash. Experienced Palace Super Falcons' midfielder Mamello Makhabane and University of Johannesburg midfield anchor Yola Jafta, as well as University of Pretoria central defender Cindy-Leigh Meyer, have been added to the team that did duty at the Cyprus Women's Cup earlier this month.
Call for support
The Department of Sport and Recreation's director-general, Alec Moemi, has called on the public to get behind Banyana Banyana.
"We call upon all football lovers to come in their numbers to support our team, as they prepare for the London Olympic Games and also celebrate and commemorate Human Rights Day," he said.
Tickets for Wednesday's match, which kicks off at 15:00, are free of charge to the public and are available from Computicket, Shoprite and Shoprite Checkers outlets.
Tickets will not be available at the stadium, and people without tickets will not be allowed to enter FNB Stadium on match day.
The stadium gates will open at 12:00, and the day's programme will include music and other forms of entertainment as a part of the big match day build-up.
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