University of Johannesburg striker Amanda Mthandi says scoring a goal at the World Cup soccer finals in France is her top priority when the tournament starts next week.
South Africa will play their opening game against Spain on June 8 and Mthandi said they were on a mission to prove themselves.
“This is the biggest tournament in women’s soccer and to have a chance to compete on this sort of stage is a wonderful opportunity,” said the 23-year-old striker.
Individually speaking, she added that her main focus was getting the ball into the net.
This was the same goal she set herself before the African Cup of Nations, being rewarded by scoring against Equatorial Guinea.
“It I get a chance to play that is all I will be concentrating on,” she said.
Banyana have been drawn in a difficult group, which also includes China, whom they play on June 13, and Germany (June 17).
But Mthandi said they were ready for the challenge.
“As a team we can’t wait to get all the preparations behind us and get onto the field for the first game. This is our chance to showcase our talents to the biggest audience in the world.”
UJ coach Jabulile Baloyi said they backed Mthandi and the national team to make the country proud.
“We are very happy for her and proud of her efforts to be included with the best players in South Africa,” she said.
“Her selection is an example to many players that hard work does have its rewards and she will be an inspiration to many UJ players who aspire to greater heights.”