South African national U17 women’s team head coach Nthabeleng ‘Dunga’ Modiko believes that her side can still come back to try and qualify for the U17 Women’s World Cup to be held in the Dominican Islands later this year.
Bantwana went down 3-0 to Ethiopia in the first leg of the penultimate qualifying round in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
They conceded two goals in the opening 20 minutes and the other in the last 20 minutes of the game, leaving South Africa with mountain to climb in the return leg of the fixture.
Modiko said the first leg was characterised by mistakes from her side and lack of speed. The second leg is set for Lucas Moripe stadium this coming Saturday. The coach says areas of concern for her are the defense and finishing as the team attempts to stay on course to make their third appearance at the World Cup.
“We need to work on our defensive attitude because I think when we conceded those mistakes, it led to us conceding the goals,” Modiko told SAFA.net.
“So for us is to try and make sure that we solidify our defense and also empower the forwards because the forwards were missing the chances.
“The expectation was that we were going to put our best foot forward and try and play the best football game that we can ever bring, and we knew Ethiopia they are very physical and very fast.
“So tactically we tried to empower ourselves between the lines and also behind the lines so that we have got numbers in terms of defensive attitude like I mentioned.
“We have to win in South Africa. We have to play better than what we did today, that’s my expectations of my girls. I know Ethiopia is going to bring another better game so we’ll also just stay ready for them.”