Banyana Aims for the World Championship



Banyana Banyana will be looking for a place at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup when they take on Tunisia in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) quarter-finals at Moulay Hassan FUS Stadium in Morocco on Thursday.

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Thalia Smidt, who plays at her first Wafcon and enjoys every moment of being on the team, says it will be a dream come true for Bunyana to play in the World Championship.

The midfielder is proud to have contributed to Banyana’s journey so far, with the team advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament after winning all three group stage games.

“It was part of the team, an opportunity to get a chance and opportunity and be useful to the team. The most important thing is to help the team reach the quarterfinals, so we know how important it was to get out of the group, and we had our own goals, and we managed to lead our group. Now that’s out of the question and we’re looking forward to the quarterfinals,” Smidt said.

“Just like in the group stage, we’re going to play game by game and right now the focus is on the quarter-finals and we know how important that is (for us to win).”

Smith added that despite the injury to their star player Thembi Kgatlan, the team is still in high spirits ahead of the match in Tunisia.

“The mood in the camp has not changed, the goal has remained the same. Yes, we sympathize with people like Thembi, we know how important she is in the team. But she is a very strong-willed person, for her she did not want us to sympathize with her. She just wants us to get on with the task.”