Johannesburg - South Africa captain Janine Van Wyk urged her side not to get carried away by a rare victory recorded over Nigeria when the two sides last met at the CAF African Women's Championship.
She was the scorer in 2012 when Banyana Banyana knocked the Super Falcons out of the competition in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. Banyana won 1-0.
The two teams meet again at the semifinal stage in Windhoek, Namibia on Wednesday.
"We have to take it step by step. We shouldn't be looking back at 2012 as it was a completely different situation than we were in. We had a
different coach and played a different style of football," Van Wyk told media.
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"We get motivation from the game we played with Nigeria in 2012 because we know we can beat them, but tomorrow's game is going to be a tough one. They have a totally new squad as well and a lot of players that have come from their U/20 World Cup in their team. We are looking forward to the game. We are hundred percent focused on our task."
She was nonetheless aware her side are underdogs following a shaky campaign in Namibia.
"We keep reminding the other players that Nigeria can be beaten, we have done it before. It will require team work and every single player needs to double their effort and if we do that together, we can come out victorious once again," added Van Wyk.
The two nations meet at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Namibia. The match will kick-off at 17h00 local time.
- CAJ News