The Turkish Women’s Cup aims to be a dress rehearsal for Banyana Banyana as they prepare to take on Slovenia, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia, and the host nation Turkey. The tournament kicks off on 13-23 February 2023. Sundowns player Lelona Daweti has been selected for the Banyana Banyana squad.
The Sundowns striker clearly acknowledged the importance of being selected for the national team. “It’s exciting and nice feeling because I am back in the national team again, so it’s nice. It shows that I am working hard, and Sundowns is doing a great job. As much as my coach (Jerry Tshabalala) is and I am also doing a great job from my side.
“This camp is for a tournament, and I feel like it is one of the camps where you can put up your hand and say coach, I also want to be part of the team that is going to the World Cup. It’s just to show myself what I can do and my show my ability that I can perform in the national team,” Daweti told Thisisfootall.Africa.
Daweti is currently in great form, she scored one of Sundowns goals as they walked away with all three points against Ma-Indies in the Hollywoodbets League. The 23-year-old aims to replicate her club performance for the national team.
“Games are really like preparations for everything, you have to keep fit when you go to camp. Playing my football is just one of the things that I do, and I do it to make the team win. I aim to replicate that momentum and mentality in the national team.
“We are playing week in and week out for Sundowns, so that has helped me stay fit which will be beneficial for the national team. I would say I am ready for the national team camp, and we will see the rest when we get there,” Daweti said.
As it has been reported that sadly an earthquake that left thousands dead and many injured and missing in Turkey. SAFA has consulted with the world football governing body FIFA on the matter and so far, FIFA has given a green light on the continuation of the tournament, however, a final decision on traveling to Turkey will be announced in due course by SAFA.