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Nigeria Are Going To Be Tough – Seoposenwe

Banyana-Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe says the upcoming 2024 Olympic qualifier against Nigeria is going to be a tough one.

Banyana defeated Tanzania 4-0 on aggregate over two legs to book the final round qualifying clash with the Super Falcons in April after they saw off Cameroon in the third round qualifying phase.

The two sides missed the last Olympics in Tokyo and only one of them can be one of the two African women’s football sides at the event.

Seoposenwe believes this fact on its own is what is going to make the game tough.

“There is still a lot to work on and we are going to face Nigeria which is a super, super tough opponent,” said Seoposenwe.

“We’ve seen them so many times over the past couple of years and we had great results but it’s not going to be easy. We are all gunning for that spot to go to the Olympics.

“We haven’t been there for the past one I think. So ja that’s our goal and I think everyone will go back and watch the game and see where we have to improve on and going forward what we need to do.”

The Monterrey goal-getter scored in the away leg and earned her 100th cap in the home leg against the Twiga Stars. In her time she has played key roles in Banyana qualifying for the 2016 Olympics and their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019.

Seoposenwe says it is always an honour for her to walk out in national colours while thanking those who have been on the journey with her.

“It’s a privilege and an honour always to walk out for the national team. We’ve grown in leaps and bounds. It’s been 14 years for me being a part of the national team and everyone has played such a big role in my journey in the national teams you know ups and downs,” she continued.

“But I can just thank God for sparing me this long in the national team and making great friends, coaches, staff, the Association playing a role in my journey, you know homegrown. And just continuing to have that mentality to still be better and still fight for my spot in the team and still be a part of this winning team is amazing.

“We’ve grown so much, I mean coming from WAFCON going to the World Cup you could see the growth in this team and you can see where we are going and what we want to continue to achieve. But that takes a lot of work and determination but yeah I’m so proud to be a part of this team.”

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.