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Bright Starlets Ready to Reverse Botswana Results

The Bright Starlets head Coach, Shilene Booysen and Assistant Coach, Florence Odhiambo taking players through tactical training at Westbourne Oval Stadium. Photo | SSFA, 26th, September 2021.

Bright Starlets today evening at Westbourne Oval Stadium, trained for their second encounter against Zimbabwe tomorrow in the COSAFA Women’s Championship 2021.

The South Sudan Women’s Senior National Team will take on Zimbabwean Women’s National team in a closed door match tomorrow Saturday, 15h30 at Nelson Mandela University Stadium.

Speaking upon departure to Westbourne Oval Stadium for training earlier this evening, Shilene Booysen head Coach, said the team has prepared enough and ready to face Zimbabwe, expressing optimism that they will reverse the result of their match against Botswana.

“We have prepared as much as we can and today is our last training session before facing Zimbabwe tomorrow, I am hoping that we can turn around the results of our game against Botswana and do well against Zimbabwe – however, people should not expect too much, this is a young team with little experience, therefore, we want to gain as much experience as we can from these games – we have seen Zimbabwe game and if we play to our full potential like we did in the second half of our game against Botswana, then surely we can get something out of the game, but it is all about gaining experience for the future competition,” Coach Shilene stated.

Meanwhile, according to Amy Lasu, the Team Captain, their lost against Botswana was a learning process, saying despite the lost, they have gained experience and confident playing with more experienced team.

“Our match against Botswana was a learning process, we lost but at least we have gained some experience out of it, and I think our game against Zimbabwe is also going to be a learning experience for us. We have done grate in terms of trainings, our coach has given us everything that we need to face the match and I believe that if we follow her instructions well, we shall perform better against Zimbabwe tomorrow. I believe we have potential and playing against these more experienced teams will help us gain confident to improve our performance.”

South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania are visitors in the COSAFA Women Championship 2021, with South Sudan Team making its first appearance. The team is grouped in Group B alongside Botswana, Zimbabwe and Tanzania; South Sudan Bright Starlets has already lost its three points to Botswana in their first match of the group on Wednesday, 29th September – they are expected to pull up their socks in the two remaining games against Zimbabwe tomorrow and Tanzania next week on 4th September to make the cut into semifinals.