Njabulo Ngidi
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31 Jul 2015
5:37 pm

Mollo – We must raise our game

Njabulo Ngidi

Banyana Banyana striker Sanah Mollo has called on her side to up the ante when they face Kenya on Sunday in Nairobi at the Machakos Stadium.

Sanah Mollo of South Africa reacts after missing a chance during the Olympic Qualifier match between South Africa and Kenya at Dobsonville Stadium (Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Mollo and company go to Kenya with a 1-0 win in the first leg of their Olympics qualifiers where they struggled to break down the Harambe Starlets.

“The first leg was very difficult because we didn’t know anything about Kenya,” Mollo said.

“We didn’t know what to expect so when we got into the field of play they surprised us. It was very difficult to penetrate their defence. We missed a number of clear cut chances. We only managed to score one goal and I think it is going to be difficult in Kenya because they gave us a tough time at home. It will be worse when we are in their own backyard. We have been working on our finishing and a plan to break them down because we know what to expect from them.”

Mollo expects hostile treatment in Nairobi. They left for the city on Thursday, knowing that they are just three matches away from appearing in their second successive Olympics.

A victory over Kenya will see them face either Nigeria or Equatorial Guinea in the last round of the qualifiers.

“I don’t think that 1-0 is enough which is why we have to go there and try to convert as many goals as we can,” Mollo said.

“That’s what we need to do to reach the last round of the qualifiers. We missed too many clear cut chances. The coach has been working on that and I think we will do much better in Kenya.”