Banyana Banyana’s preparations for Saturday’s crucial 2016 Rio Olympic qualifier against Equatorial Guinea in Tembisa are in full swing. The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana are back in camp after taking just one week break after their participation in the 2015 African Games held recently in Brazzaville, Congo where they were eliminated through the drawing of envelopes. ‘I must admit after playing Kenya at the beginning of August we would have been rusty going into such an important fixture, but the three matches we played in Congo have kept the players in shape and we were also able to come up with new strategies to face Equatorial Guinea,’ said coach Vera Pauw. ‘The All-Africa Games helped us prepare thoroughly for the matches against Equatorial Guinea. The good thing also is that we returned from Congo without injuries so we have had all the players training which helps with our preparations and we are able focus on our plans instead of attending to injured players.’ Banyana Banyana know what to expect from the Central African opponents who beat African powerhouse Nigeria to reach the final qualifier. ‘We know that most of their players who went to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany are part of the current squad, and those are more or less the same players that defeated Nigeria. We expect them to play very attacking football, more like European-style as most of them don’t play in Equatorial Guinea. But we are ready,’ added Pauw – See more at: