MONTEVIDEO – The weather has been kind to the South African national Under-17 women’s team as they continue to acclimatise in Uruguay ahead the Under-17 Women’s World Cup set to kickoff on November 13.
South Africa face Mexico in their tournament opener.
Coach Simphiwe Dludlu says she is pleased with the progress the team is making on and off the field although she admits they need a few more days to fully acclimatise.
“I think in terms of training we are adapting better and the cloudy weather is actually working in our favour,” said Dludlu, adding that the early arrival will give her team enough time to adjust to foreign conditions.
“The bodies are still trying to get used to whether we should sleep less or we sleep more. The players are yet to adjust fully but within three more days, things should improve and that is why we came in early,” added coach Dludlu. “Training-wise, the girls are adapting very well. Off the field that’s the only time you see them falling asleep on the table because of the massive time difference.
"However, I am getting a clear picture and they have already set the tone from each training session. It keeps getting better,” added the coach.
Bantwana arrived in Uruguay on Sunday afternoon after a 13-hour flight which included a stopover in Brazil.
African News Agency (ANA)