SAFA President optimistic about South Africa’s chances at FIFA Women’s World Cup

South Africa Football Association (SAFA) President Danny Jordaan believes South Africa has a good chance of progressing from the group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.

Jordaan acknowledged the draw was a tough one but added that the absence of a world champion in the group made it slightly less difficult for Banyana Banyana to advance.

FILE PHOTO: South Africa’s players celebrate after winning the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final match against Morocco at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium ll in Rabat. /CFP

South Africa, who were crowned African champions in July, was drawn alongside Sweden, Italy and Argentina in Group G.

“When you look at the World Cup, it has the 32 best teams in the world and every group is tough. But looking at our group, I think we stand a chance and we have to prepare well now,” Jordaan said.

“We have been to France (in 2019) and this is our second time, we have to go through to the next round.”

Jordaan also expressed hope that the continent will have more than one representative make it to the knockout round of the tournament.

“All African teams, I think, are in extremely strong groups. We hope that one or two African teams get through to the second round.”

The best performance by an African team at the World Cup is a quarterfinal appearance by Nigeria at the 1999 event. Cameroon has reached the Round of 16 twice in 2015 and 2019, while Nigeria also reached the same stage in 2019.

No African men’s or women’s team has made it past the quarterfinal stage of a FIFA World Cup.

The ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup will kick off on July 20 with co-hosts New Zealand taking on 1995 winners Norway.