PARIS – South Africa are close to genuinely competing with the very best women’s football has to offer despite losing both games so far at their debut World Cup, according to captain Janine van Wyk.
Banyana Banyana lost 1-0 to former runners-up China in Paris on Thursday, leaving them still without a point in Group B.
They had been beaten 3-1 by Spain in their opening game, having led for long spells courtesy of a Thembi Kgatlana goal, meaning they have nothing to show for their efforts so far since coming to France.
“This World Cup has come at the right time for us. We have worked extremely hard with some great players and talents coming through the ranks in South Africa,” Van Wyk said.
“If we can get more clinical in front of goal – work on that more – then I think we can get better results from this, but we are not far off.”